There are about 1 million acres of certified organic grain and oil seed fields in the United States, but not many in Georgia. The growing demand for organic grains and seed oils in the southeast could change that. With several new potential mills that can handle organic grain coming on line in Georgia, there are new opportunities to enter this growing market.
Extension specialists with the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University, along with scientists from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, will host a day-long Organic Grain and Oilseed Workshop for farmers who are interested in organic row crop production.
The workshop, set for June 27 at the NESPAL building at UGA’s Tifton campus, will feature classroom presentations, farmer roundtable discussions, and a field tour that will highlight cultivation practices that make organic grain and oilseed production possible in Georgia’s climate.
USDA’s Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, the Georgia Center of Innovation in Agribusiness, UGA Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics are sponsoring the workshop.
This program is free and lunch is provided, but farmers do need to register for the workshop before hand by emailing Kate Munden-Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (706) 542-8084. For directions to the NESPAL building, visit nespal.cpes.peachnet.edu.