UNL Offers Organic Farmer Advisory Meetings

Locations are Mead, Clay Center and Concord.

Meetings to address issues in organic farming will take place this month near Mead, Clay Center and Concord.

The University of Nebraska-sponsored meetings will give organic and potential organic farmers and commercial gardeners an opportunity to hear about research programs across the state. Farmers also can discuss their ideas about potential research projects for organic and alternative farming, says Liz Sarno, UNL Extension educator and organic project coordinator.

"We want your input and we want to hear your concerns," she says.

Meetings are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dates and locations are:

Nov. 8, August N. Christenson Research and Education Building,
UNL's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.
Nov. 15, South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center.
Nov. 20, Haskell Agricultural Lab near Concord.

Call (402) 584-3837 to make lunch reservations at the Mead and Concord locations and (402) 762-4403 to make reservations at the Clay Center location.

The meeting also will discuss Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite crop insurance for organic production, a whole-farm revenue protection plan of insurance. AGR-Lite offers an opportunity to insure that farm-raised crops such as organic commodity crops, vegetables, orchards, animals and animal products are eligible for protection.

The university also is working to develop online organic production workshops farmers can view at home or at local extension offices. Farmers are invited to weigh in on what topics should be addressed.

For more information about these meetings, contact Sarno at (402) 584-3856 or (402) 326-8777.

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