ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Effective On-farm Research for Organic Field Crop Producers

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM   

This workshop will cover effective and practical "how to" for farmers doing (or wanting to do) good on-farm research. From pre-season planning to final harvest, this session will cover the importance of on-farm research in the organic context; how to design your research project to meet your specific needs; best practices for research design, methodologies, observation, and final evaluation. Drawing on case studies of alternative cover crop research in Iowa, this session will illustrate the impact of good on-farm research for organic field crop producers.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Cover Cropping Options for Weed Control, Soil Building, and Protection

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

Through his work with Vernon Rodd at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Harrington Research Farm in PEI the last 5 years, Roger has experimented with many single and multi-species cover crop combinations. He will share his on-farm observations and discoveries related to the uniqueness of the PEI climate and welcome conversation from audience members to share their successes and challenges with specific cover crops and combinations throughout the region.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Grain Cleaning and Drying / NEEOGrain Update

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

In the spirit of virtual/regional collaboration, Ellen Mallory will provide updates for the new NEEOGRAIN Network including the interregional listserve, potential training opportunities and new ideas for collaboration moving forward. NEEOGRAIN Farmers will also provide short presentations on their systems for cleaning, drying, storing, and ventilating organic grains to maintain high quality grains and seed. Content in whole or part presented remotely.

Intermediate
MacLeod Room

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Farm to Enterprise: Developing Partnerships and Adding Value to Level Up

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   

From the farmer, to the miller, to the baker, Oechsner Farms is an organic grain farm that works as part of a fully integrated grain enterprise. The workshop will cover why and how they developed (and maintain) these partnerships, and what it means for the farm and wider community. The session will also touch on their work with local micro-breweries and distilleries which further diversifies farm income and partnerships, and adds value to their organic grain.

Workshop content will be presented remotely. 

Advanced
MacLeod Room

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Program at a Glance