2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
1) Manage project outreach efforts with farmers and industry for the multi-state breeding programs,.
2)work with breeders to identify and utilize organic farms for testing and.
3)assess success of outreach efforts.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
PFI has on-going farmer and seed company outreach activities in Iowa funded through our USDA appropriation; these will continue for the duration of this project. They include paying for research, field days, organizing our project’s annual meeting, and interacting with farmers. Funding from this proposal will supplement that effort in Iowa and especially boost it in the other states with organic organizations and coordinate those activities with PFI’s work. PFI will work closely to coordinate outreach with Organic Food & Farming Education & Research in New Mexico, and to coordinate work with the Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team (a university-extension educator stakeholder group), New York Certified Organic (a farmer-organized group in central New York), and Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. PFI outreach will coordinate workshops at already planned farmer meetings around the upper Midwest and into the northeast to discuss with farmers the current status of the project, report data results from yield trials, strip trials and feeding trials, provide a summary publication, obtain on-farm trial participants and solicit input from stakeholders about the future of the project. To gauge if our outreach efforts were successful a post research survey will be conducted.
In FY 2013 Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI): Created and launched the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) Advisory Stakeholder Committee; held a meeting with the committee representing five seed retailers and one seed increase company; outlined to the group what path to successful release of materials could be; provided organic breeders with published yield trial data for future breeding decisions; facilitated and improved winter nursery planning and execution; initiated bi-monthly conference calls to keep group organized; maintained group conversations, documents, conference call notes, budgets, data, etc in one member-only website for ease of networking.
PFI worked with cooperators in managing resources to ensure the winter nursery was successful.