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Field day highlights equipment for organic farming success

Field day highlights equipment for organic farming success

By Andi Anderson

Farmers, producers, consumers, and anyone interested in Iowa’s organic farming community are invited to attend the Iowa Organic Association's field day.

The event will be held at A&W Farms in Cambridge, Iowa, at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, July 9th. Noah Wendt will discuss the equipment needed for organic farming and share insights on what works best for their organic row crop production.

Noah Wendt and his farm partner, Caleb Akin, formed A&W Farms in 2006. By 2015, they had converted over half of their 3,000 acres to organic production.

Their success as first-generation row crop and small grain farmers is largely due to their organic crop production.

Over the years, they have learned which equipment best suits their diverse cropping system, which includes corn, soybeans, small grains, hemp, sunflowers, and more.

At the field day, attendees will also learn about the USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). This program pairs beginning or transitioning organic farmers with experienced mentors.

As part of the USDA’s Midwest TOPP initiative, the Iowa Organic Association (IOA) provides an Organic Mentorship Program to support organic production across the state and the U.S.

Noah Wendt and his mentee, Dylan Farrell, will discuss how their collaboration benefits both their organic farming practices.

Organic farming is the fastest-growing agricultural sector in the United States. More consumers are choosing products and practices that enhance and protect communities and the planet.

The USDA is investing in organic production to sustain and expand this growing sector and promote climate-smart agricultural practices. The IOA offers various programs and resources to support farmers and businesses interested in transitioning to or diversifying with organic farming.

Roz Lehman, the Executive Director of IOA, states, “Every year, Iowa Organic Association plans field days addressing topics of interest to Iowa’s organic community.

These events are a fantastic way to connect with experienced organic farmers and businesses willing to support anyone exploring organic production.”

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