Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
February 25-26, 2015
La Crosse, WI
The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium invites proposals for research paper presentations immediately before the Organic Farming Conference organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), the symposium organizers invites proposals from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards.
This is an excellent forum for researchers engaged in projects funded by the USDA-Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). The sympoisum organizers are especially interested in presentations by farmer-researcher teams.
Researchers are encouraged to respond to the National Organic Standards Board research priorities or other similar priorities identified through public processes. Topic areas of interest include:
- Functional biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by organic farming systems
- Soil health, quality and nutrient cycling
- Biological and cultural practices to manage insects, diseases and weeds
- Holistic animal health and nutrition, grazing and pasture management systems
- Breeding, selection of crops and animals, and seed systems suitable for organic production
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation, including renewable energy systems
- Integration of perennials in organic farming systems and permaculture system design
- Value added production and processing without synthetic food additives and processing aids
- Nutritional quality, health benefits and integrity of organic food
- Organic agriculture’s impact on rural communities
- Organic farm economics, marketing and consumer behavior
- Appropriate methods and practices for systems and on-farm research
- Public policies to facilitate the transition to organic farming.
Researchers are asked to submit abstracts not exceeding 500 words that include:
- Names of co-authors
- Contact information
- Working title
- Topic area
- Introduction explaining the context and purpose of the research
- Methods used
- Brief summary of the results and conclusion
Cross-disciplinary papers are encouraged. Works in progress may be considered, but the paper for the proceedings must be completed by December 31, 2014.
The symposium will be held in La Crosse, WI on February 25 and 26, with plans for live streaming. The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extension and other agricultural professionals, educators and others interested in organic agriculture. The symposium will be held in conjunction with a conference that is attended by organic producers and processors from across the U.S.
Presentations will be selected based on their innovative excellence, relevance to the research needs and priorities of organic farmers and ranchers, soundness of the methodology used, and overall scientific quality. Proceedings will be open access and electronically available via eOrganic.info.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to Brian Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Researchers with questions about the conference can call 541-228-0876. Reviews are expected to be completed and registration information available by September 15, at which time presenters of selected papers will be asked to confirm their participation. The program will be set by October 31.
If you are interested in helping organize the symposium, we are interested in co-sponsorship from aligned organizations. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, we are developing a list so that reviewers with appropriate expertise will consider submissions. Please contact Brian Baker if you or your organization is interested in participating. The organizing committee currently includes representatives from:
- UW-Madison CIAS
- California Certified Organic Farmers
- Cornell University Department of Horticulture
- IPM Institute
- The Ohio State University
- Oregon State University
- The Organic Center
- Organic Materials Review Institute
- Organic Seed Alliance
- Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources