Organic Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day

August 10, 2018 | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Roseville, Illinois | Free

"Practical Problem Solving in Organic Agriculture"

MACOMB, IL — “Practical Problem Solving in Organic Agriculture” is the theme of Western Illinois University’s 2018 Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, slated for Friday, Aug. 10. According to WIU School of Agriculture Associate Professor Joel Gruver, the daylong event will feature presentations in the morning and field tours and equipment demonstrations in the afternoon. The presentations will begin at 9 a.m. in the Dakin Farm shop - 0.7 miles south of the Allison/WIU Organic Research Farm in southwest Warren County (directions listed below). A complimentary lunch, featuring local farm products, will be served at noon.

Dave Bishop, of PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, IL will share the keynote presentation at 11 a.m. PrairiErth Farm is a highly diversified 300 acre family farm that raises certified organic fruits, vegetables, forages, grains, cattle, heritage breed pigs and laying hens. Dave has been a principal operator for over 30 years and currently farms with his sons Hans and Graham and daughter in-law Katie. Dave is an innovative problem solver and was awarded the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service Farmer of the Year Award in 2017.

In addition, Will Glazik will share insights on problem solving gained as an organic farmer and crop consultant working with organic and conventional farmers, and Joel Gruver will provide an overview of recent research at the Allison Farm and moderate a panel discussion about problem solving. Panelists will include Joe Bassett (Dawn Manufacturing) and Gary McDonald (organic farmer and consultant).

Between 1:30 and 3:30, Joel Gruver will lead a walking tour of the Allison Farm's research and demonstration plots featuring corn, soybeans, sunflowers, diverse cover crop mixes, tillage systems, fertility programs, interseeding of cover crops and cultivation practices. There will also be equipment demonstrations if weather permits.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Dedicated time for meeting with vendors and networking with attendees is scheduled before and between presentations. To pre-register or obtain more information about the Field Day, contact Andy Clayton - WIU Organic Program research technician and farm manager - at AW-Clayton@wiu.edu, (217) 322-2639 or the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for our planning purposes!