This workshop will be presented to fit the needs of farms in the southern Illinois region and funded through the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). It will be facilitated by Rodale Institute Organic Consultant, Nic Podoll. The workshop features sessions on:
Nic Podoll is a lifelong organic farmer, having grown up and farmed with his family on their certified organic farm in southeast North Dakota, raising small grains and vegetable seed. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), IOIA (International Organic Inspectors Association) certified in crops and livestock, and holds a Masters degree in Agricultural & Extension Education. Prior to Rodale Institute, he worked in Extension for the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.
Also joining us is Dean Dickel, a farmer who works as an independent organic inspector and Organic Advisor for Rodale Institute.
Dean Dickel was born and raised on an Iowa grain and livestock farm and has been connected to Midwest agriculture and rural communities ever since. Farm life included daily chores and active involvement in FFA as a young man. Dean’s early farming career was cut short by the 1980s Farm Crisis and so he would pursue a degree in journalism and eventually go to work for weekly and daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois, eventually ending up at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald as their agriculture reporter. He covered controversial changes in agriculture such as the introduction of genetically engineered seeds and the dairy hormone BST. But, the Dubuque area was also home to organic farming pioneers such as Gary Zimmer and rotational grazing guru Charlie Opitz who provided a number of opportunities for the paper and Dean to promote this emerging alternative to chemical and industrial agriculture. By the late 1990s Dean decided to join the organic movement himself, and with wife Mary at his side, established New Century Farm producing and distributing organic eggs throughout Southern Wisconsin. After a successful 20-year run in the egg business, Dean and Mary sold the business and purchased a home in Mineral Point, WI. Dean currently works as an independent organic inspector and Organic Advisor for Rodale Institute.
Sign up form for Field Day at SIU Research Park on December 7th @ 1:00 pm