Purdue News

September 16, 2005

Organic farm tour to highlight livestock and crop production

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Producers can learn more about organic farming during a twilight tour of a working organic farm near Greensburg, Ind., 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

The tour of Langeland Farms will include a question and answer session with a Purdue University agricultural economist on organic production and the market for organic grains.

"As the input costs for conventional production go through the roof, more producers are looking into organics because they cost less to produce," said Corinne Alexander. "And current demand for organic foods and feeds is outstripping supply, meaning producers are seeing some great prices for their organic products."

Langeland Farms owner Gary Reding said organic production is not as prevalent in Indiana as surrounding states, but that could change.

"I get more and more calls from conventional crop growers asking me how to produce organic crops," he said. "In some instances it's because their landlords are requesting them to do so."

Langeland Farms covers 800 acres and produces certified organic popcorn, hay and seed for food-grade soybeans. It also produces Angus freezer-beef utilizing intensive and custom grazing on a 200-acre organic pasture.

Langeland Farms is located on 3806 South County Road 550 East near Greensburg. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided. There is no fee for the tour.

The event is sponsored by the Purdue Extension Small Farms and New Ventures teams with the support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

For information or to reserve space on the tour, contact Dan Wilson at the Purdue Extension office in Decatur County, (812) 663-8388, or Jerry Nelson, Purdue New Ventures Team co-chairman, (812) 886-9582.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722, forbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Corinne Alexander, (765) 494-4249

Gary Reding, (812) 663-9546, grading@direcway.com

Jerry Nelson, (812) 886-9582, jnelson@purdue.edu

Dan Wilson, (812) 663-8388, wilsondg@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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