The Future of Organic: Relevance and Scalability Part 2

In part one of the blog, The Future of Organic: Relevance and Scalability, we considered the perspective and insight from Laura Batcha the CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Bob Quin Organic Farmer Quinn Farm and Ranch, the Founder of Kamut International and co-author of Grain by Grain, Jeff Moyer Chief Executive Officer at the Rodale …

The Future of Organic: Relevance and Scalability Part 1

In attending any expo, tradeshow, meeting, or forum, it is easy to go through multiple sessions and maybe find nuggets of interest. However, when attending ExpoEast this year in Baltimore, Maryland my interest was piqued when I learned that Laura Batcha the CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Bob Quin Organic Farmer Quinn Farm and Ranch, …

First Bioengineered Label Appears In The Grocery Store

There were many lengthy delays in finalizing the GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Food Labeling law that can be referenced in the Federal Register as taking place on Friday, December 21, 2018. The establishment and implementation of the new Standard required an amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. A timeline of implementation dates was put in place with the Bioengineered food labeling …

Biodiversity Calculator

When growing up or still living in the country, one of the things that we may at times catch ourselves sharing with the next generation is about what wildlife we used to see around the land where we live and work. We tend to fondly remember as we are going down a road, by a river or waterway the species …

Nature Is Built To Be Regenerative

Nature gives us a chance each day to regenerate our cells as they turnover and new ones are created. The choices that we make through our food, water, air, emotions, and stress affect our overall health and it’s natural regenerative cycle.  The soil isn’t any different. I believe it is up to us farmers and ranchers as a collective to …

Preparing For An Organic Harvest

Harvest time can come at different times of the year, depending on what we grow. Right now, in the midwest, the #2 yellow corn is just starting to turn, and trucks are busy hauling grains to clean out the bins in preparation for the upcoming harvest. The process is slightly different for organic production and two of the people that …

3 Step Solution To Market and Sell Organic Crops

It Is Easier To Get The Job Done Than You May Think  I am thankful for coming from a farming community. Lessons learned early on helped mold me into who I am and fueled my passion for Ag and how American farmers essentially feed our nation. Farmers are resilient and purpose-driven.  If you don’t have tenacity, you probably will not …

What Does It Take To Go Organic?

In a very candid conversation with a farmer, the other day, I was asked, “what does it really take to go organic?” He mentioned that the idea had crossed his mind, he had heard a few things about it both good and bad, but he wasn’t sure.  We had started the conversation talking and laughing about his kids. How they are …

Challenges With Pricing and Selling Organic Crops

There are a lot of variables involved in pricing organic crops in a regular growing season, let alone situations that are affecting the #2019Harvest prices. This time last year felt completely different from what a producer might be experiencing at the same time this year. The prices at that time were significantly higher, which tended to leave a feeling of confidence …

Keeping up to date with Organic events around your area

There are a myriad of organic events that take place across the United States and the world each month. The learning and network events range from field days, farmer conferences, and large expos that gather over 80,000 people at a single event. Depending on what you desire to learn and topics that you feel will help to expand your learning …