Iowa Organic Virtual Conference

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Date/Time:Monday, 23 Nov 2020 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Contact:Kathleen Delate,
Channel:ISU Extension and Outreach
Categories:Conferences Live Green
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The 20th Annual Iowa Organic Conference features a half-day of exciting synchronous presentations and interactions with industry experts. Speakers include Tom Hardking, Joseph Heckman and Jordan and Whitney Clasen. Register in advance to receive login instructions.

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20th Annual Iowa Organic Conference
The conference is a collaboration between the Iowa State University Organic Ag Program and the University of Iowa. The usual trade show of vendors will be replaced with a virtual show of exhibitors and sponsors, including organic grain buyers, organic seed purveyors, organic and local food system nonprofit organizations, and government offices working with transitioning and certified organic farmers. (News release.)

UI award-winning executive chef Barry Greenberg and Anne Watson will present a virtual cooking demonstration, using local and organic produce, meats, and dairy products assembled into a gourmet meal.

Keynote: Tom Harding, an international expert in organic marketing and trade, brings a message of hope for surviving the pandemic through organic practices and will discuss how the general public is purchasing more organic products than ever.

Dr. Joseph Heckman, soil scientist from Rutgers University and organic farmer himself, will talk about ways to keep your soil active and productive to support bountiful organic crops and livestock. This session will be a tribute to a long-time Iowa organic soil science researcher and favorite conference speaker, Dr. Cindy Cambardella, who recently passed away.

Jordan and Whitney Clasen of Grade A Gardens, a certified organic farm in Johnston, Iowa, famous for its mouth-watering vegetables and inspiring, COVID-conscious Farmers' Market in Des Moines this year.