AMES, Iowa – Those interested in transitioning to organic production can register for a "Transitioning to Organic Agriculture" course, offered by Kathleen Delate, organic specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The course will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., beginning Jan. 17 and lasting through May 2.
The class is offered in-person (for three Iowa State credits) or can be taken online through Zoom. The class will address the increased demand for organic food and feed grains, which presents a viable economic opportunity for Iowa farmers.
“Transitioning to successful organic production requires rapid acquisition of production, marketing and financial management skills, which will be taught in the class,” said Delate. “Classes include lessons on weed management, nutrient management, pest management and markets for organic grain, vegetable and fruit crops.”
Specialists from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, along with Iowa State professors, will educate participants on programs and policies from the United States Department of Agriculture and the state of Iowa to assist in the transition to organic.
Practicing organic farmers will also provide real-life experiences in the field and in the marketplace.
“It’s a win-win situation. Students learn from our farming experiences and we learn from their questions too,” said Ron Rosmann, one of the guest lecturers, from Harlan, Iowa.
Shareable photo: Student taking online course.