In early July 2015 a diverse group met in Mason City, Iowa and launched a research, outreach and investment initiative to increase opportunities for corn and soybean farmers to add oats to their rotation in order to improve their farming system. The founding group included 3 of the 4 largest oat millers in North America, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau, several farmers, and business representatives from the seed and livestock feeding sectors. The group concluded that a commercial opportunity exists for producers to market food grade oats and simultaneously gain ecosystem and public relations benefits.
This website is devoted primarily to a report from that meeting, and the site will evolve as the initiative develops. For additional information please contact: