We say, “Absolutely!”
You don’t have to start big, rather make a small change little by little. Maybe start transitioning one field versus all of your fields. There will be a lot going through your head. You’ll have many questions. That is why we’re bringing a real life banker, an organic consultant, and organic farmers to our upcoming seminar. They will help answer some of those tough questions.
- Banker’s Perspective – Richard Ritter, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending at Flanagan State Bank in Gridley, Illinois, was once quoted saying organic farmers are generating “more consistent income, more annual net income, and less risk of the lender with higher crop insurance guarantees.” He has over 23 years experience and is credited for developing Flanagan State Bank’s quarterly newsletter, “Farming with a Future,” that is mailed to over 1,000 farmers and landlords in central Illinois. He grew up on a family farm producing and marketing corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, beef, chickens, eggs, milk, and butter. At the end of the day, Richard Ritter believes organic commodities are less risky than conventional.
- Consultant’s Perspective – Gary McDonald was born and raised on a central Illinois grain and livestock farm where organic farm practices were used before it was labeled “organic.” He rented his first farm in 1979 and transitioned nearly 1,000 acres to what today would be considered Certified Organic Production. Currently Gary is involved in hands-on Organic Farm Management, working with all facets from organic system planning, to records, to inspection, and marketing. He specializes in weed control and marketing, as these consistently prove to be the most talked about.
- Organic Farmers’ Perspectives – Jerry and Cindy Glaser farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef near the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. This husband-wife team will discuss why they got into organics, why they’ve expanded their organic operation, and everything in between…the questions, the challenges, the do’s and don’ts, the finances, and the rewards.
While the option to go organic is ultimately up to you, we are here to help answer any of your fertility questions.
Our seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar, but reservations are needed by January 18. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.