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Organic Farming

Conservation for Organic Farmers & Ranchers

Organic farming is an ecologically-based system that relies on preventative practices for weed, insect and disease problems, uses nontoxic methods to manage problems if they arise, and improves the natural resources of the land, including soil and water quality.

Kansas Organic Connections

Meetings and Tours

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Training materials from March 2018 Kansas Organic Workshops

Webinars

October 18 - Nutrient Management with Organic Producers

This webinar will focus on creating a nutrient budget for organic crop production and examine the impact of various field crop rotations (ex: adding oats and hay to lengthen a corn-soy rotation). The following will be covered: determining a crop’s nutrient needs; crediting sources of nutrients in the system including the contribution of cover crops and past soil management decisions; and determining the target nutrient application rate. The webinar will include a discussion of inputs commonly used in organic systems and will include resources for working with diversified vegetable operations.

Start time: 10am CT.
Connect to the webinar at https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/iaorgseries/
1-888-844-9904 passcode: 9521292

October 23 - NRCS Programs and Support for Organic

This webinar will provide a brief look at organic production in Minnesota. We will discuss the NRCS programs available to organic producers and their participation (EQIP, EQIP Organic Initiative, CSP, etc.). We will also discuss the CAP 138 Transition to Organic Plan and answer any questions. 

Meeting number: 969 804 930
Join by phone:  Call-in toll-free number (ATT Audio Conference): 1-888-8449904
Access Code: 801 865 1

November 15 - RUSLE2 in Organic Systems

This session will help model organic systems and will focus on variations of corn-soy rotations (ex: additions for small grains, hay, cover crops, etc.). We will look at various implements, soil amendment practices, field events (tillage, cultivation) and practices to offset erosion (strips, etc.). The webinar will include a discussion of inputs commonly used in organic systems and will include resources for working with diversified vegetable operations.

Start time:10am CT. 
Connect to the webinar at https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/iaorgseries/
1-888-844-9904 passcode: 9521292

November 20 - Working with Organic Producers – Livestock

This session will provide a presentation of the basic organic livestock production regulations related to conservation and opportunities for NRCS support. We will also identify resources with more detailed information. 

Meeting number: 968 107 160
Join by phone:  Call-in toll-free number (ATT Audio Conference): 1-888-8449904
Access Code: 801 865 1

Kansas Organic Contacts

Kansas NRCS
Mark Janzen, Natural Resource Specialist
760 S Broadway Blvd
Salina, Kansas 67401
Phone: 785-823-4595

Eastern Kansas Organic Crop Improvement Association
Jackie Keller
222 Southwest Glick Road
Topeka, Kansas 66614
Phone: 785-633-4621

Midwest Organic Producers
Demetria Stephens
PO Box 175
Jennings, Kansas 67643
Phone: 785-678-7006