GMO Corn Contamination Webinar

Date & Time: | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Free Virtual Webinar

Hosted by: IDEA Farm Network

If you’re an organic grain farmer, finding that your corn doesn't test under the GMO contamination threshold for organic food or feed grade pricing is a big and unpleasant surprise for you and your family’s finances.

On Thursday, January 28th at 10 a.m. you’ll have the opportunity to arm yourself with more knowledge on this challenging issue through the free webinar we’re holding, entitled “Hot Corn: GMO Contamination Prevention and Testing for Corn Farmers." You’ll hear from organic farmer Angie Coxworth who bought her own GMO testing equipment. What she’s discovered and been challenged by was the inspiration for this webinar. Dr. Tony Studer of the University of Illinois will explain how corn pollination works, strategies to prevent contamination, and new developments in corn breeding designed to naturally resist contamination. Ryan Whipkey of EnviroLogix, a manufacturer of GMO contamination testing equipment, will share, among other things, how GMO testing works and what the different technologies are on the market. Craig Tomera of Grain Millers, the largest oat milling company and one of the biggest buyers of identity-preserved grains, will bring the buyer’s perspective to these issues and explain Grain Millers tests. There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

This program is offered as part of the IDEA Farm Network (IFN). The IFN is a network of farmers, farmland owners, researchers, non-profits, and interested eaters who share and grow ideas of how to farm better and smarter. Much of the sharing takes place on the IFN listserv, which has nearly 500 members and lively exchanges of ideas and information. We and others in the IFN hold fields days and workshops each year. Farmers generally spark the ideas for what issues to explore.

To learn more and register for the GMO corn contamination webinar, please click the title at the top of this page to be taken to the registration page.

Growing Stronger – Collaborative Event on Organic & Sustainable Farming

Date & Time: | February 22 - 27

Location: Virtual Event

Hosted by: MOSES, GrassWorks, the Midwest Organic Pork Conference, OGRAIN, and the Organic Vegetable Production Conference

Five of the leading Midwest organic farming organizations - MOSES, GrassWorks, the Midwest Organic Pork Conference, OGRAIN, and the Organic Vegetable Production Conference - have linked arms, tractor implements, and resources for a virtual offering of workshops, facilitated discussions, meet-ups, speed talks, and a virtual exhibit space. Farmers, you can improve your practices, explore that new enterprise, and learn tips to increase profitability. Farmland owners, you can gain inspiration and information to bring your farmland dreams to life. $125/person (save $25 by registering by December 31, 2020).