Organic Training Session Precedes Iowa State Field Day Aug. 20

August 12th, 2002

AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University Extension training session Aug. 20 will feature organic crop production and marketing information.

The daylong session is called Toolbox Training for Organic and Reduced-input Farming. It will be held at the Adair County Extension Office in Greenfield and the Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm near Greenfield. A field day at the farm, following the training, also will include organic topics.

The workshops scheduled for the training are on soil health, pest management, crop rotations and cover crops, Farm Bill provisions and economics. The session begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 20 and concludes at 3 p.m.

The cost of the training session is $45. The fee includes lunch and literature.

Register by sending a check to the Adair County Extension Office, 202 S. First St., Suite B, Greenfield, Iowa 50849. Call the office with questions at (641) 743-8412.

The free field day follows the training at 4 p.m., beginning with tours of research plots. Workshops starting at 7 p.m. include organic weed management, including flaming or using fire to kill weeds and other techniques, grape production basics and an explanation of base acres as included in the new Farm Bill.

Contact Kathleen Delate at (515) 294-5116 or kdelate@iastate.edu with questions.

Contacts: 

Kathleen Delate, Horticulture, (515) 294-7069

Ed Adcock, Communications Service, (515) 294-2314