Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
February 25-26, 2015
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI
The first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will focus on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture, in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event.
Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results. Benbrook is Research Professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, where he leads a project quantifying the impacts of farming systems, technology, and policy on food nutritional quality, food safety, agricultural productivity, economic performance, natural resources and the environment.
Organic farmers and students are particularly encouraged to attend this symposium, and a limited number of scholarships are available (scholarship information coming soon). Registration fees include a program, educational materials, break refreshments and lunch on Thursday.
The OARS is co-sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, The Organic Center and Ceres Trust. This symposium is being held in conjunction with the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Feb. 26-28.
Tentative schedule: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
|1:00-1:30pm||Welcome and introduction|
|1:30-3:00pm||Concurrent workshop session 1
• Farming Systems: Seeing the Big Picture
• Organic Seeds: What is at Stake?
|3:00-3:30pm||Break and poster viewing (coffee, tea and refreshments provided)|
|3:30-5:00pm||Concurrent workshop session 2
• Organic Research: An International Perspective
• Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 1: Back to the Future
• Biological Control: Working With Nature
|5:00-6:00pm||Reception and poster presentation (non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments provided)|
|6:00-7:00pm||Keynote: Chuck Benbrook
The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results
Wednesday night dinner on your own
Tentative schedule: Thursday, February 26, 2015
|8:00-8:30am||Registration and networking (coffee provided)|
|8:30-10:00am||Concurrent workshop session 3
• Holistic Livestock Care and Feeding
• Soil Health: Back to Basics
• Organic Markets: Quality and the Consumer Connection
|10:00-10:30am||Break and poster viewing (coffee, tea and refreshments provided)|
|8:30-10:00am||Concurrent workshop session 4
• Farming Systems: Putting it all Together
• Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 2: Creative Partnerships and Emerging Varieties
• Economics of Organic: The Bottom Line
|1:00-3:00pm||Listening session 1: Identifying Research Needs and Gaps|
|3:00-3:30pm||Break (coffee, tea and refreshments provided)|
|3:30-5:00pm||Listening session 2: Strategic Planning and Bridge to MOSES Organic Farming Conference|
The event will be held at the Radisson LaCrosse. A limited number of rooms are available for Wednesday night. Room reservation information coming soon.
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Registration and hotel reservations for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference are handled separately. Click here to learn more and register.