The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) is an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the upper Midwest. OGRAIN resources include on-farm field days, annual winter and summer intensives, written resources, an organic grain Resource List, a series of educational videos and a mentorship program. The OGRAIN website offers access to these resources and more at https://ograin.triforce.cals.wisc.edu.
Check out the OGRAIN YouTube Channel for videos on topics ranging from weed control to marketing, or join the email list to enjoy highly informative conversations with experienced growers – past discussions have addressed questions such as grain storage, termination of specific cover crops, weed management techniques, and more. Join the OGRAIN listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or find OGRAIN on Facebook.
OGRAIN is managed by Dr. Erin Silva. Contact her with any questions regarding the OGRAIN program. If you have specific organic grain management questions, try polling experienced growers, researchers, and industry representatives by emailing the listserv!
OGRAIN was initially funded in 2015 by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, with continued funding through August, 2020.
The 2018 OGRAIN winter conference was a great event!
Keynote presenter Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, NY, and 17 other speakers contributed to an information packed two-day organic grain and row crop conference on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus, January 26 and 27th, 2018. Soil health, approaches to weed, pest and disease management, growing feed, food grade and specialty small grains, marketing, organic transition, post-harvest handling, finances and more were presented by a mix of farmers, businesses and University researchers. Attendees visited over 20 business and non-profit booths and received an organic resource book. Registration was only $80 for the information-packed two day event. Please visit this page to get full information and view videos of many of the presentations. Plan to join us in summer 2018 for an outdoor event, and next winter for the 2019 Winter Conference.