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Harvesting Wheat

TOPP Program @ Ag Expo

December 6, 2023

Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska

EexpoEDU Stage in Pavilion #3

10:00am

 

Registration starting at 9:00am

6-7 different speakers and presentations starting at 10:00 am on the Main Stage in Pavilion #3 (organic building) with registration starting at 9:00 am.

Annual Meeting

Board Meeting

OCIA Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for 3:15 pm
followed by the Board Meeting.

December 6, 2023

December 6, 2023

Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska

Meeting Room A in Pavilion #3

3:15 pm

SCHEDULE

9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Registration & View Sponsor Exhibit Tables

 

ExpoEDU Stage

10:00 - 10:05 am

  • Introductions and Overview

10:05 - 10:25 am

  • Transitioning to Organic Agriculture (TOPP)

    • Overview of USDA’s TOPP Program (TOPP) and Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Mentorship Program

    • Rick Schuchardt, OCIA Nebraska Board Member & Cindy Elder, OCIA International

10:25 – 10:45 am

  • Counting Organic Production & Statistics
    Nick Streff, Regional Director, National Agricultural Statistics Service

 

ROOM A

11:00 – 11:30 am

  • NRCS & FSA Resources for Organic Farmers

    • Jami Thoene, Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Service

    • Brach Johnson, Urban Agriculture Specialist, NRCS

    • Bobbie KrizWickham, Outreach Coordinator, FSA

    • Paul Guenther, Farm Loan Specialist, FSA

11:30 – 12:00 pm

  • Transitioning to Marketing Organic Grains
    Kate Hoegermeyer, Scoular Grain

Lunch (45 min.)

1:00 – 1:30 pm

  • Transitioning to Organic Fertilizers
    Tim Mundorf, Central Valley Ag Cooperative

1:30 – 2:00 pm

  • UNL Extension Resources, TOPP Partner

    • Katja Koehler-Cole, Statewide Soil Health Extension Educator & Christian Stephenson, Extension Educator

2:00 - 2:30 pm

  • Preparing paperwork, certifier review, and field inspections.
    Kim Mosel, Program Administrator & Rick Schuchardt

2:30 – 3:00 pm

  • Organic Farmer Panel – Making the Transition
    Simeon Mosel, President, OCIA Nebraska

Close & Break (15 min.)

3:15 - 4:00 pm

  • OCIA Nebraska Annual Business Meeting (ROOM A)

4:00 pm

  • OCIA Nebraska Board Meeting (ROOM A)

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