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Upcoming Field Days and Workshops

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Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan

November 29, 2018 | Bloomington, IL
March 8, 2019 | Location TBA

Writing a food safety plan for your farm can help you organize and manage the task of complying with the law and managing your food safety risks. In this workshop, we will provide you with a template for crafting a food safety plan for your farm, walk you through the process of developing your plan, and provide you with access to experts who can answer your burning questions about managing food safety.

Crop Diversity and Profit Series: Small Grains and Legumes Production

December 4, 2018 | Congerville, IL

Meet fellow farmers who are enhancing their crop rotation and finding higher profits by adding small grains and legumes to their rotation. Low commodity prices are driving many farmers to look for out-of-the-box solutions. Crops like oats, wheat, rye, peas, and dry beans can be an excellent addition to an existing production system. Learn strategies for producing food-grade smallgrains and legumes, including variety selection from heritage types to modern cultivars, and how this can help you access higher profits.

Farm Finances Webinar Series: Cash Flow Statement

December 12, 2018 | Online

Do you have enough cash to pay your bills? The Cash Flow statement is an important tool to help you manage your money, pay your bills, and weather unexpected expenses. In this webinar, you will learn about the components of a cash flow statement, how to interpret each line, and ways that the cash flow statement is useful to your farm business.

Crop Diversity and Profit Series: Small Grains and Legumes Storage & Handling

January, 2019 | Congerville, IL

Accessing higher profits from diversified crop rotations can require a new outlook on crop storage and handling. Visit local farmer Pete Wettstein's organic elevator and learn what buyers require to store and handle food-grade small grains and legumes.

Cultivating Motivated and Reliable Farm Employees Webinar

January 16, 2019 | Online

Reliable farm labor is essential to a growing farm business. In this webinar, we will discuss the process of legally hiring employees, and explore strategies for building a motivated and reliable farm workforce.

Whole Farm Planning: Making Your Farm Work For You

January 29, 2019 | Urbana, IL

In this all-day workshop, we will begin the business planning process, exploring your goals, beliefs, and values; crafting your mission and vision statements; and analyzing your resources, products, and markets.

Organic Grain Conference

February 13-14, 2019 | I Hotel & Conference Center | Champaign, IL

The Organic Grain Conference is the largest event in Illinois dedicated solely to organic grain education and networking! The 2019 conference will build upon the first two amazing years by increasing the number of break out sessions from two to four and growing the trade show to 25+ vendors.


Our teaching philosophy

In designing our training programs, we follow the mantra "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” We strive to give our students access to learning in the classroom, in the field, and in their hands.

We take advantage of our greatest educational assets: the people actually doing the work. If you come to us to learn about growing large-scale organic grains, we bring in a farmer who has 2000 acres of certified organic grains. If you need to know more about legal issues for farmers, we bring in a lawyer who has dedicated her life to those issues. If you want to know how to raise your own honeybees without chemical treatments, we bring in the guy who is innovating those practices in Illinois. 

And finally, we provide resources to put you in charge of your own learning. From video tutorials to printed resources to access to other training programs from around the country, we empower you to learn and grow.