OCIA holds annual meeting and election
The High Plains Chapter of Organic Crop Improvement Association held its annual meeting on Saturday, Feb.26 at the Buffalo Point Restaurant in Sidney to elect members of the board of directors for 2011 and conduct other business.
Ken Disney was elected president of the High Plains Chapter for 2011 by the new board of directors. Disney was a founding member of the chapter and raises wheat, millet, sunflowers, and peas near Lodgepole.
Other current and newly elected board members include Joel Cross of Harrisburg, Dennis Demmel of Ogallala, Mike Wiest of Lodgepole, Mark Jones of Oshkosh and Walt Kallsen of Big Springs.
In other business, the members approved a budget for 2011, a schedule for organic farm inspections and heard reports from the certification, crop improvement and promotion committees.
Reports from the International OCIA convention held in Nebraska City in early February were also received.
The Organic Crop Improvement Association has been established to provide organic crop improvement through professional development of organic farmers.
The process includes technical assistance, education and research.
OCIA International also provides impartial third party certification of organic farmer and processor members through uniform standards used to define identity and quality of organic foods.
High Plains Chapter of OCIA, organized in 1998, has members who are certified organic producers in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Supporting members are also welcome. Rebecca Talmadge of Herford, Colo. has been named by the board of directors as the new chapter administrator and can be reached at 970-895-2296 or ociane#
for more information.