Workshop Session: Saturday II
If you’re thinking of transitioning to organic or want to expand your organic production, get perspective first by hearing from experienced organic farmers. We’ll start with a market update from Mercaris and then dive into recommendations for marketing organic grain and oilseed crops. We’ll cover the pros and cons of using a marketing agent, selling direct to the buyer, joining cooperatives, bushel contracts versus acreage contracts, and more.
Jessie Bovay is the Director of Business Development at Mercaris, making market information more accessible through strategic partnerships and projects.
Charlie Johnson has over 2,500 acres in certified organic crops in South Dakota. He is the 2013 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year.
Jonathan Olson grows certified organic corn, soybeans, and small grains on 1,100 acres just west of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
Steve Boyda is a 5th generation Kansas farmer who took over his family’s farm in 2010 and began transitioning to organic in 2012.