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

2017 OCIA International Board of Directors
Jeff Kienast, President, USA
Susan Linkletter, First Vice- President, CAN
Brandon Hill, Secretary, USA
Don DeWeerd, Chair, USA
Guy Laberge, Treasurer, CAN
Joel Koskan, USA
Randy Mosel, USA
ED – Amanda Brewster

2017 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 MN #1 ANNUAL MEETING - The annual meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. Cloud on Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm with supper.  Those up for election are: Don DeWeerd, Larry Luick, Joseph Guiney and Dennis Week.   We hope you can join us. Our annual meeting will be held in in conjunction with the MINNESOTA ORGANIC CONFERENCE.

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

2018 OCIA Annual Meeting - The public is invited to join OCIA’s Annual Meeting on January 30th, 2018 for a day filled with organic farming speakers and exhibits at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. January 31st will be a day filled with OCIA business, for OCIA members only. Boards will meet prior to the AGMM on Monday, January 29th. Please note: registration for the Annual Meeting will still take place the evening of the 29th and morning of the 30th; however, the Welcome Reception has been canceled. While in town, you’ll also want to visit the MOA annual conference in Independence, MO located just outside of Kansas City.

 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 2017:
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 2017: Elijah Beach, Jeremy Dobson, Josephine Dobson, Dee Jipson, Dale Kyrstosek, Gary LeMaster

NEW MEMBERS - please fill out the 2017 membership form and mail in with your $40.00 fee. A complete packet will be mailed to you once this is received.

 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.

OCIA MN #1 will be exhibiting at the MOSES conference February 22-24, 2018 in Lacrosse, WI.

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program segment of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) went into effect on May 30, 2017. Although it doesn’t target organic products, it will definitely put more pressure on buyers to have thorough documentation of their imports and deeper knowledge of where/how they were produced.)


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Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

 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)