AgDM newsletter article, October 2006

6th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

The world market for organic products reached $25 billion in 2005, with the U.S. portion increasing to $14.6 billion.The demand for organic crops currently exceeds supply and growers everywhere are encouraged to consider the potential for organic production.

The 6th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will include two new sessions: “How to Transition to Organic Farming” taught by farmers who have successfully made the transition, and the inaugural meeting of the Iowa Organic Association, which, along with the ISU Organic Ag Program, has been established to help transitioning and certified farmers with their educational and marketing needs. In addition, presentations will be available on organic grains, vegetables, herbs, fruits, livestock and incentives to get you started or enhance your marketing skills.

A trade show of organic products and services will be held during the conference with ample time for visiting. Our all-organic, four-course lunch will include delicious organic products from Iowa and the Midwest. Register today at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/organic06/home.html! Early bird registration is $85.

For more information on the Organic Agriculture program at Iowa State University, please see the website at: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/.

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