Posts in category Resources

Season Extension Resources

Season Extension Resources

It’s the time of the year when organic farmers are tucking in beds into cover crop as they’re harvested and planting seedlings for winter and early spring sales.  With innovation and planning, Illinois farmers are able to extend their season and even grow year-round inside hoop structures.  Whether you call them “high tunnels”, “hoophouses”, “greenhouses” […]

New Fact Sheet Available about Organi...

New Fact Sheet Available about Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

The Organic Labeling at Farmer’s Markets fact sheet brought to you by  the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program can help farmers market vendors and community supported agriculture (CSA) operations properly market organic fruits, vegetables, or livestock products to consumers who are looking for fresh, locally sourced foods. It helps market participants understand the […]

Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contr...

Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts

The Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has just recently released their highly-anticipated guide to written organic agriculture contracts, Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts, and it’s now available, for free, right at your fingertips (scroll down, its under “Publications and Articles”). According to FLAG, “One major goal of the Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts is to encourage an organic marketing […]

Application Deadlines Coming Up Fast

Application Deadlines Coming Up Fast

This is a quick reminder that the deadline for the EQIP Organic Initiative, a program under the umbrella of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the USDA, is coming up very quick. November 16, to be exact, as Illinois has one of the earliest deadlines in the country. EQIP, which stands for the Environmental […]

Remember to Apply!

Remember to Apply!

Just a reminder to all those out there, the USDA tweeted a few days ago, reminding that they can “help offset organic cert costs.” They certainly can, through a program called the “*Insert State Here* Organic Certification Cost-Share Program.” For us, that would be the Illinois Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. In order to get the […]

New Cover Crop Research Published

New Cover Crop Research Published

A movement is picking up steam to introduce radishes as a viable cover crop, and for good reason, says a recent eOrganic publication co-authored by IOGA’s very own Joel Gruver, of Western Illinois University. At the heart of the publication are the many potential benefits that radishes bestow upon a field in which they are […]

The National Organic Standards Board

The National Organic Standards Board

Earlier this week, we published an article on the gelling agent pectin and the restrictions against it, which are to be greatly relaxed come this November. Those restrictions can be found on the ‘National List'; a list of ‘allowed and prohibited substances’ used in organic food production, run by the USDA. The List is a […]

Organic Production and Avoiding Pesti...

Organic Production and Avoiding Pesticide Drift

A new article, put out by Purdue University, reminds organic farmers of the dangers of pesticide drift and offers tips and tools to help avoid unwanted pesticides on organic crops. The article warns that a threshold of 5% of acceptable pesticide levels are all it takes to make a crop unviable to be sold as […]