Farmers will Glean Production, Market Tips from Madison FarmStarts Seminar

To equip beginning farmers with the latest production, business and marketing knowledge for grain operations, National Farmers on July 18, will host its free FarmStarts seminar
in Madison, S.D.

Grain marketing, organic agriculture and soil health pique the interest of farm producers today, and those are among the FarmStarts educational topics, presented by agricultural business speakers.

These are the FarmStarts Ag Learning Topics:
— Organic Grain Practices that Really Work, Charlie Johnson, South Dakota organic farmer.
— Soil Health and Transitioning to Organic.
— Organic Land Certification, Angie Tunink, Organic Crop Improvement Association, executive director for research and education.
— Financial Management of Organic Farms, Curtis Mahnke, University of Minnesota Center for Farm
Financial Management.
— Organic Crop Insurance, Al Smith, Optimum Service Group/National Farmers Crop Insurance.
— Marketing your Organic Grains, Tim Boortz, NForganics.
— Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing, John Bobbe , OFARM executive director.

Producers can register online at The 9 a.m. July 17 FarmStarts seminar is part of a 36-meeting series in 11 states spearheaded by National Farmers, and partially funded by USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The Madison, S.D., FarmStarts workshop will be hosted at St. Peter on the Prairie, 24311 452nd Ave., Madison. Lunch is provided.

“National Farmers has always focused on helping farmers, and with FarmStarts seminars, we give newer producers key information they need as they launch into or continue in farming,” said FarmStarts Project Director Dave Reed. “Organic agriculture can offer beginning producers a way to cash flow without a large number of acres.”

The educational day is designed for newer farmers, who’ve been farming less than 10 years, or more precisely have filed fewer than 10 Schedule F tax forms. They can receive a $200 stipend to cover travel costs, and expenses incurred while being off the farm for the day. Producers with questions about the FarmStarts
event may also call 515.598.4670.