The 2024 OGRAIN Conference will be held Feb 2-3, with an optional Regenerative Organic Event on Feb 1. UW-Madison's OGRAIN program provides resources and support for new, transitioning, and experienced organic grain farmers throughout the Upper Midwest. The conference includes 18 workshops relevant to new and experienced organic producers. Farmer speakers, industry professionals and researchers will share the latest technology, production approaches, and science related to organic grain production including sessions dedicated to food-grade grains. There will be ample time for networking and farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange, plus over 25 organic grain industry businesses and institutions will be present to share information about their services.
The conference features two amazing keynote speakers: Wendy Johnson and Klaas Martens. Wendy Johnson farms in Iowa, owns and operates Joia Food and Fiber Farm, and is an active advocate for organic farmers and the organic industry. Klaas Martens farms with his family in upstate New York, with more than 1600 acres of organic grains, and operates Lakeview Organic Grain. The conference will be in Madison, WI.