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Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)

July 24-25, 2019

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Fusion 54 | 101 W Main Street | Crawfordsville, Indiana


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The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based train-the-trainer program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning producers in the United States. This two-day training provides education and guidance on organic production methods and certification necessary for agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical services providers to serve the needs of certified organic grain producers.

OATS will increase the skill and impact of extension staff, agency personnel, consultants, advisers, educators, and technical service providers on organic production systems and USDA-NOP regulatory compliance. The program will build participants’ knowledge base in all key areas of certified organic production:

  • Basics of organic production: weed control, nutrient management, crop rotation, pest management
  • Systems thinking & long-term strategies for success in organic production
  • Managing risk during transition
  • Organic certification process & record keeping
  • National Organic Program (NOP) rules & regulations
  • Organic marketing and crop diversity
  • Networking with other organic-focused professionals
  • On-farm & hands-on experiential learning on organic operations






Speakers and bios coming soon!


Planning Committee


Co-Chair, Mallory Krieger | The Land Connection


Co-Chair, Michael O'Donnell | Purdue University Extension


Dani Kusner | The Andersons


Maria Pop & Andrew Smith | Rodale Institute


Will Glazik & Dan Perkins | IDEA Farm Network




Partner Organizations

OATS is supported with funding and resources from the CLIF Bar Foundation, Pipeline Foods, and the Organic Trade Association





The following hotels have discounted rooms available. Ask for the "OATS Training" room rates when calling to book.

Holiday Inn & Suites - 2506 N Lafayette Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. $109/night + tax. Book here or call the hotel at 765-323-4575. Cut off date July 2, 2019.

Best Western PLUS - 2600 Industrial Boulevard, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. $109/night + tax for a King, $114/night + tax for a two Queens. Call 765-307-3999. Cut off date June 23, 2019.

Hampton Inn - 2895 Gandhi Drive, Crawfordsville, IN. $123/night + tax. Call 765-362-8884. Cut off date June 23, 2019.




Use the form below to register to attend the OATS training. If you have any questions, please contact Mallory at or call 217-840-2128.

Registration closes July 14, 2019.