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Organic Grain Conference 2018

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What: Explore tools to strengthen the organic grains industry at this conference and trade show

When: Feb 1, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5 PM

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL

How Much:

  • Full-day [includes lunch and exhibit hall]: $35 through January 21; $45 after that
  • Keynote-only (1pm-3pm): $20


February 1, 2018 will bring the 2nd Annual Organic Grains Conference to Champaign, IL. Last year was an amazing success with over 90 farmers, researchers, advocates, and industry specialists gathering to explore ways to grow theindustry. This year will be even better, featuring expanded break-out sessions on economics & decision making, and soil health, an industry trade-show, and expanded farmer-to-farmer interaction through roundtable discussions and a local beer and spirits mixer.
We are honored to host Dr. John Ikerd, sustainable economist and professor emeritus from the University of Missouri, who will deliver the keynote address. His presentation, "Agroecology: Science, Social Movement, or Farm Management?", will explore thesoil health and eco-ag movements and their role in improving our communities, lives, and economy.
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8:15 AMRefreshments & Tradeshow open
9:00 AMOpening and Introductions, Mallory Krieger
 Track 1: Economics & Decision-MakingTrack 2: Soil Health
9:30 AMEcolonomics: The Art of Ecological Decision-makingExploring the effects of tillage
10:15 AMBreakBreak
10:30 AMPanel Discussion - The Dangers of Assumed Knowledge: All the ways I screwed up and I have the slides to prove itBenchmarks of a regenerative production system
11:15 AMHave I lost it? You don't have to be crazy, but it helps!Regenerative Organic Certification: Exploring new options
12:00 PMLunch, Tradeshow, & Roundtable Discussions
1:30 PMKeynote Address: Agroecology: Science, Social Movement, or Farm Management? - Dr. John Ikerd
3:00 PMBreak
3:15 PMFarmer Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jack Erisman
Panelists: [coming soon!]
4:15 PMThings go better when alcohol is involved: Meet the local farmers, brewers, and distillers are who revolutionizing the local grain value chain
4:30 PMBeer/Liquor tasting & social

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Keynote Address

Dr. John Ikerd - "Agroecology: Science, Social Movement, or Farm Management?"

John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. He currently resides in Fairfield, IA with his wife, Ellen, two dogs, and two cats. Ikerd is author of Essentials of Economic Sustainability, Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture, and A Revolution of the Middle. More complete background information and a wide selection of writings are available at


Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible

Sponsorship Options

Please contact Mallory Krieger at or 217-840-2128 for more sponsorship information.


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