Organic Agriculture

According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the U.S. have grown from $3.6 billion in 1997 to over $47 billion in 2016.  While organic food sales make up just over 5% of total U.S. food sales, less than 1% of farmland is dedicated to organic production.  Domestically, supply of organic commodities is not keeping up with growing demand.  Much of the domestic organic supply shortfall is being satisfied with imports.   For example, according to the USDA ERS, over 75% of organic soybean consumption was satisfied with imports in 2016.  Organic processors and handlers continue to run into supply shortfalls and are seeking more domestic supplies in order to reduce dependence on imports.  This situation presents unique opportunities for Indiana farmers who are interested in diversifying into the organic sector and navigating the 3-year transition process.

Visit our Resource page to learn more about organic agriculture.

Organic in Indiana

The 2016 USDA Certified Organic Survey counted 420 certified operations (farms) in Indiana.  This represents a 26.5 percent increase from 2015.  Indiana’s 420 certified organic farms operated on 43,219 acres.  Learn more about the organic agriculture sector in Indiana.

Learn about Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture, a program that works collaboratively across the Indiana organic sector to address the educational and technical resources needs of organic and transitioning to organic farmers.

Connect with Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture to get answers to your questions, and to receive timely updates on educational programs and resources.

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We have our final organic grain field day of the 2019 Purdue Extension-Organic Agriculture Summer Program Series coming up on Thursday, September 5 with Ramerview Holstein Farm in Elkhart County, Indiana. The Ramer family manages a certified organic dairy, producing organic milk for the largest organic farmer cooperative in the nation, Organic Valley.

The field day will focus on the Ramer’s organic field crop production, and how they have expanded crop acreage in recent years. The Ramer's raise corn, soybeans, wheat, spelts, oats, and hay, and include a diverse mix of cover crops in the crop rotation. Learn about their approach to weed control, fertility management, crop rotation, and past success with organic no-till corn production. You'll have the opportunity to visit a corn hybrid variety plot that includes sidedress fertility trials. Additional topics include:

-soil health in organic row crops and realities of roller-crimping and organic no-till;
-liquid starter and sidedress fertility options with corn planting;
-flame weeding, tine weeding, and finger weeders in organic row crop weed management.

Don’t miss this great educational and networking opportunity. Get all the details, time, location, and registration information at www.purdue.edu/dffs/events/ramerview-holstein-organic-grain-field-day/
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We have our final organic grain field day of the 2019 Purdue Extension-Organic Agriculture Summer Program Series coming up on Thursday, September 5 with Ramerview Holstein Farm in Elkhart County, Indiana. The Ramer family manages a certified organic dairy, producing organic milk for the largest organic farmer cooperative in the nation, Organic Valley.  

The field day will focus on the Ramer’s organic field crop production, and how they have expanded crop acreage in recent years.  The Ramers raise corn, soybeans, wheat, spelts, oats, and hay, and include a diverse mix of cover crops in the crop rotation.  Learn about their approach to weed control, fertility management, crop rotation, and past success with organic no-till corn production.  Youll have the opportunity to visit a corn hybrid variety plot that includes sidedress fertility trials. Additional topics include:

-soil health in organic row crops and realities of roller-crimping and organic no-till;
-liquid starter and sidedress fertility options with corn planting;
-flame weeding, tine weeding, and finger weeders in organic row crop weed management.

Don’t miss this great educational and networking opportunity.  Get all the details, time, location, and registration information at https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/events/ramerview-holstein-organic-grain-field-day/

And another great field day today with Klemp Farms in Wheatfield, IN! Participants learned about the Klemp’s organic cropping system and managing a parallel operation (conventional and organic production by the same farm operation). We dove deep into manure management, including application and nutrient management considerations; mechanical weed control; and soil health and no-till in organic row cropping. Thank you to the Klemp family and all who took time to learn, network, and make connections in organics in Indiana.

See you at the next field day with Ramerview Holstein Farm on September 5! www.purdue.edu/dffs/organicag/events/
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And another great field day today with Klemp Farms in Wheatfield, IN!  Participants learned about the Klemp’s organic cropping system and managing a parallel operation (conventional and organic production by the same farm operation).  We dove deep into manure management, including application and nutrient management considerations; mechanical weed control; and soil health and no-till in organic row cropping.  Thank you to the Klemp family and all who took time to learn, network, and make connections in organics in Indiana.  

See you at the next field day with Ramerview Holstein Farm on September 5!  www.purdue.edu/dffs/organicag/events/
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