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Kansas Rural Center Conference
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Monday, November 3, is the final day to register for the Kansas Rural Center's 2014 Farm and Food Conference & 35th Anniversary Celebration!  A fun-filled couple of days are being planned for their conference, Nov. 7th-8th, so be sure to visit http://kansasruralcenter.org for more information.  

OFARM Video Series
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Thanks to OFARM and support from the Ceres Trust, a new series of videos and print stories have been created, where organic farmers say why organic farming is best for our families, our communities, and the environment.

Go to www.OrganicTheRealNatural.com to view this series.  Jackie Keller, an OCIA certified organic farmer in Kansas, is featured in one of the videos.

OFARM is a cooperative, incorporated in the State of Minnesota, as an agency to coordinate the efforts of producer marketing groups to benefit and sustain organic producers.

OCIA Ohio Chapter #2 Farm Tour on Aug. 16th
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Be sure to join Ohio #2 chapter members during their tour of Beaver Organic Farm on Saturday, August 16th.  Mark Beaver will host this tour of his organic grain operation.  A time to socialize with other organic farmers begins at 10:30am.  Lunch will be served at 11:30am.  A brief chapter meeting will occur at 12:30pm, with the farm tour following at 1:00pm.  Beaver Organic Farm is located at 4562 Gooding Road in Marion, Ohio.  Please RSVP to Mark Beaver at 740-341-7745 so that lunch arrangements can be made.   
OCIA NE Chapter #1 Members Host Farm Tours on Aug. 16th
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Be sure to join two, on-farm tours on August 16, hosted by OCIA Nebraska #1 chapter members.  A tour of Larry Stanislav's organic farm, two miles north of Abie, NE will begin at 1:30pm.  Larry will discuss his diverse cropping system of spring wheat, corn, soybean and cover crops.  Larry will also talk about his experiences using a roller crimper and flamer to reduce tillage and manage weeds.  A tour of Randy Fendrich's farm will begin at 3:30pm.  Randy will discuss crop rotation using a roller crimper and a 12-row flamer/cultivator that he built himself for weed control.  At 4:30pm, Randy Anderson, USDA-ARS research agronomist at the North Central Ag Research Laboratory will provide results on converting red clover fields to cropland without tillage.  After the tours, a free dinner provided by the Fendrich Family will be served at 5pm.  Please call Wendy at 402-584-3837 to RSVP or for more information or directions. 
OCIA Chapter #1 of Iowa Field Day on Aug. 16th
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OCIA Chapter 1 of Iowa is hosting a field day at the Blue River Hybrids Plant.  Plots of organic corn and soybeans will be available for viewing.  A guided tour of an organic corn seed processing facility is planned.  Also, hear from people with CRD (Corn research & Development).  Bring a notepad and your questions.

Directions:  Take Hwy 30 in Ames to Duff Ave. exit.  This is also Hwy 69.  Go south on Hwy 69 to 265th St. Turn west and go 1/2 mile and then turn south on Timber Rd.  The plant is 1/2 mile south on your right.  For more questions, please contact Wilma Miles at 712-367-2442 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  See you there and bring a friend!

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