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Farm Starts Workshop for Beginning Organic Farmers

March 21 @ 8:45 am - 4:15 pm



Central Plains Organic Farmers (CPOF) in collaboration with the National Farmers Organization (NFO) is presenting a training workshop, titled “FARMSTARTS”, for beginning organic farmers in the central plains region. The FARMSTARTS event is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the Conference Room, Severance Student Union, North Central Kansas Vo. Tech., 3033 U.S. Hwy 24, Beloit, KS beginning at 8:45 a.m.

For purposes of this project, a beginning farmer is someone interested in entering organic farming or who has farmed for fewer than 10 years. Beginning farmers can be young people just finishing school and beginning their careers, or beginning farming as a second career. This project will pay beginning farmers a $200 expense allowance for taking the time to attend the workshop. For farming couples we encourage each spouse or partner to attend. Established farmers and others are also welcome, but they are not eligible for the allowance.

The FARMSTARTS series of workshops is funded through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant to the National Farmers Organization in collaboration with the Central Plains Organic Farmers (formerly Kansas Organic Producers). Kansas workshops over the past two years have attracted over 180 potential organic farmers.

Register (for meal count) online at:
http://www.nfo.org/FarmStarts/ and scroll down to March 21 at Beloit workshop to register.

or by contacting Ed Reznicek at 785/939-2032 or amerugi@jbntelco.com The events are free, with a free meal provided.


8:45 a.m Registration & Pre-Program Survey

9:15 Welcome & Attendee Introductions (Ed Reznicek, CPOF)

9:30 Organic Grain & Forage Cropping Systems: Crop Rotation,
Cover Crops & Weed Control
(Gary McDonald (DVD) organic farmer & transition consultant)

10:30 Break

10:45 Weed Control – Cultivators & Cultivating (Gary McDonald,
organic farmer & transition consultant)

11:45 Organic Certification Basics (Demetria Stephens, OCIA chapter
coordinator & inspector)

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Questions & Discussion from Morning Presentations

1:15 Financial Planning & Management for Organic Grain
Production (Curtis Mahnken, Un. of Minnesota

2:00 Building & Maintaining Soil Health In Organic Cropping
Systems (Mark Janzen, NRCS)

2:45 Break

3:00 Marketing Organic Grain (Adam Ptacek & Martin Eddy, CPOF
grain marketers)

3:45 Organic Cooperative Marketing Agency in Common (Oren Holle,
Board President, OFARM)

4:00 Post Program Survey

4:15 Adjourn

For more information: Visit the NFO FARMSTARTS website at:
http://www.nfo.org/FarmStarts/ and scroll to the March 21 Beloit Workshop to register;

or contact Ed Reznicek by phone or email:
785-939-2032 or amerugi@jbntelco.com

The Kansas Rural Center is pleased to assist CPOF and NFO in publicizing this workshop.


March 21
8:45 am - 4:15 pm