Organic Ag Focus Group Meetings Planned for Fairfield and Greenfield

AMES, Iowa — More farmers are needed to meet demands of the growing organic industry. To generate conversations about the potential for Iowa farmers to join the $26 billion industry, the Iowa State University organic agriculture program is hosting two focus group meetings. The first meeting will be held Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office in Fairfield. The second focus group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Office.

Kathleen Delate, ISU extension organic specialist, will present an overview of organic agriculture research highlighting the outlook for organic crops in 2011 and research at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Farm in Crawfordsville and Greenfield. Roundtable discussions on organic research needs and producer concerns will follow Delate’s presentation. Producers, industry, extension, NGOs, NRCS and FSA staff are all invited to participate. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The Jefferson County Extension Office is located at 2606 West Burlington Avenue (Hwy 34 West) on the Jefferson County fairgrounds at the west edge of Fairfield. The Adair County Extension Office is located at 202 S. 1st Street, Greenfield, next to the Greenfield library.

For more information, please contact Kathleen at 515-294-7069 or e-mail at