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Machinery Sharing: Scaling Up Production for Small Farm Growers

Learn about strategies small-scale growers are using to scale up production through equipment-sharing models. Topics will include: what to share, how to structure sharing agreements, finding and choosing partners, and potential challenges faced by case study examples. Please join Dr. Georgeanne Artz and Morgan Hoenig as they share valuable information about machinery sharing.

Dr. Georgeanne Artz is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Iowa State University.  Her research focuses on issues facing farms and agribusinesses as well as rural communities. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University and served on the faculty in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri from 2005 until 2010. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine at Orono. Georgeanne previously worked as an Extension Program Specialist at Iowa State, researching and providing outreach programming on retail trade analysis, community economic development, agribusiness management, and cooperatives.

Morgan Hoenig is from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where she spent most of her childhood working in her parents’ flower shop and greenhouses. She started her organic vegetable farm, Mogo Organic, in 2007 with two acres of produce and one greenhouse.  This year, the farm will have three greenhouses and seven acres of garden in production.

Mogo Organic produce is sold through a local food cooperative that she and fellow organic farmers started in 2013 called Green Share LLC, which provides 20 weeks of produce for 100 area families.  Produce is also sold at the Mt. Pleasant and Iowa City farmers markets, and to area grocery stores and restaurants.

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