OCIA Headquarters address is 1340 N Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, NE 6850. The telephone and Fax numbers are: Telephone: 402-477-2323, Fax: 402-477-4325

OCIA Intl Board of Directors and Committees

2018 OCIA International Board of Directors
Jeff Kienast, President, USA
Jack Geiger, First Vice- President, USA
Brandon Hill, Secretary, USA
Don DeWeerd, Chair, USA
Guy Laberge, Treasurer, CAN
Terry Sheehan CAN
Randy Mosel, USA
ED – Amanda Brewster

2018 OCIA Research and Education Board of Directors: Daryl Hinderman, Chair, USA Doug Brandt, Secretary, USA Amy Krasne, American Treasurer, USA Michelle Carkner, Canadian Researcher, CAN Peter Sexton, American Researcher, USA Kim Tomilin, CAN ED – Angie Tunink

Internal Review Committee: Amy Krasne, Chair Terry Sheehan Jake Geiger Kevin Koester Bart Hall

Elections Committee: Elliott Driscoll Lorri Ann Hartel Dale Maass

Nominations Committee: Jack Geiger

Impartiality Committee: Amanda Brewster, Chair Bryce Stephens Marie Burcham Christian Evans Susan Linkletter

Internal Organizational Committee: Demetria Stephens, Chair Jacob Johannes Wes Baker Joel Koskan Nathan Cook Maurice Girouard Jerry Vos

External Advocacy Committee: Rebecca Talmadge, Chair Dale Maass Jack Geiger Sharon Brandt David Heiens Elliott Driscoll Don DeWeerd Jackie Keller Rob Koskan

OCIA R&E voted Terry Sheehan 2018 Farmer of the Year and they voted to recognize JIM STORDAHL with a plaque and verbal recognition for his many contributions to organic and sustainable agriculture. Jim’s wife Roxanne and her sister attended the banquet to receive the plaque and recognition. We are very proud!!

OCIA MN #1 ANNUAL MEETING - The annual meeting was held at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. Cloud on Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm with supper.  There were approximately 30 in attendance. The road conditions were not good halting many not to attend the conference and meeting. Thank you to all of you who made it. We had some changes in our board of directors as Joseph Guiney chose not to run for his seat. Elected to the chapter board is : Larry Luick, Richard Priebe and Dennis Week.  

The Minnesota Organic Conference, organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture took place Jan 11-12, 2018 at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center. The conference covered areas like ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy related issues

 Call for Organic Micro Grant Proposals
LINCOLN, NE: The Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) is calling for the submittal of micro grant proposals pertaining to organic research and/or education. Proposals are reviewed each March 15th and November 15th, but may be submitted year round
For more information or to view the complete application, please visit
www.ociaresearchandeducation org or email Angie Tunink at

 Membership cost for 2018 - $40 for OCIA MN #1
Corporate Membership cost is $150

Thank you to our Corporate Members for 2018:
Albert Lea Seedhouse, 1414 W Main, PO Box 127, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Telephone Number: 507-373-3161,

Cashton Farm Supply, 300 Hwy 27, Cashton, WI 54619
Telephone Number: 608-654-5123,

Crop Revenue Management, 601 Soo Lane, Suite 102, Buffalo, MN 55313
Telephone Number: 866-304-2767,

Foundation Organic Seeds LLC, 634 13th Ave N, Onalaska, WI 54650
Telephone Number: 800-495-6647,

F.W. Cobs Company Inc., PO Box 30, Saint Albany, VT 05481
Telephone Number: 888-531-4888,

Grain Millers, Inc., 10400 Viking Drive, Suite 301, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Telephone Number: 952-983-1289,

J & J Corporation, 3260 40th Ave SE, Suite D, Fargo, ND 58104
Telephone Number: 701-235-0645,

 Mid-States Supply, PO Box 70, Sartell, MN 56377
Telephone Number: 877-464-3782

Minnesota Farmers Union, 305 Roselawn Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55117
Telephone Number: 651-639-1223,

OFARM, PO Box 362, Wadena, MN 567482
Telephone: 785-337-2442,

Natures Organic Grist, 8350 Oregon Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
Telephone: 763-377-2461,

Richland IFC, Inc, 100 North 10th Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520
Telephone Number: 218-643-1797,

SunOpta, 4111 30th Ave S, Moorhead, Hope, MN 56560
Telephone; 877-287-5510 ( 800-342-6976),

Super Gro of Iowa, Inc., 917 Quinn Street Aplingtin, IA 50604
Telephone: 319-347-6611,

Sustainable Farmers Association of MN, Box 192, Princeton, MN 55371
Telephone Number: 763-260-0209, Connect with SFA at

Sunrise Foods International, 2162 Airport Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 6M6
Telephone Number: 402-922-1239,

Trinidad, 103 Front Ave, Colgate, ND
Telephone Number: 701-945-2580,

Welter Seed and Honey Company, 17724 Highway 136, Onslow, IA 52321
Telephone Number: 800-470-3325,

Download JAS Standards from OCIA Web Site
Any one wanting JAS certification from OCIA can download the JAS organic standards from the OCIA web site by clicking on the link "Forms & Document" on the homepage. Type the keyword "Standards" to get the documents.
OCIA Forms and Documents

Inspector’s hired for 2018: Elijah Beach, Jeremy Dobson, Josephine Dobson, Dee Jipson, Dale Kyrstosek, Gary LeMaster

NEW MEMBERS - please fill out the 2018 membership form and mail in with your $40.00 fee. A complete packet will be mailed to you once this is received.

IN MEMORY - Our sympathy goes out to the family of Duane Faber who passed away on February 19, 2018. Duane served on our chapter board for several years. Duane is survived by his wife Dianne and his five children and ten granchildren. A Celebration of Life was held Friday, Feb 23 at the Assembly of God Worship Center in Sherburn. Blessed be his Memory.

 Organic Transition Cost Share Program application forms, a set of Frequently Asked Questions, and a list of approved certifying agencies that offer transition verification are available at or by calling 651-201-6012.

 Please contact the chapter or International office if you are in need of a No Spray sign -- Cost is $10.00 each

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Pictured above are Denise Olson (Warren), Paul & Rochelle Vanderwoude (Pipestone)