Organic Agriculture Research Symposium February 25-26th

We are busy working on all the details that go into making a conference a success. Below is the agenda for the Symposium. We hope you can join us!

To register, go to http://www.cias.wisc.edu/oars/

If you can’t join us in person, eOrganic is live streaming events in the Radisson Ballroom and will be posting the other events. To register, go to http://www.extension.org/pages/72594

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

The Radisson, La-Crosse, WI

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

12:00-1:00pm Registration
1:00-1:30pm Welcome and introduction (Radisson Ballroom)Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin; Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust; Brian Baker, independent consultant
1:30-3:00pm Concurrent workshop session 1

  • Farming Systems: Seeing the Big Picture (Radisson Ballroom)
    • Stephane Bellon, French National Institute for Agricultural Research;Organics in 3D: diversity, dynamics and design of organic agriculture
    • Mathieu Ngouajio, USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture; Enhancing functional diversity in organic agriculture: The contribution of NIFA’s organic program
    • Aurelie Cardona, French National Institute for Agricultural Research; Collaboration between farmers, extension agents, wholesalers and consumers to design suitable sustainable and organic systems.
    • Michelle Miller, University of Wisconsin, moderator.
  • Organic Seeds: What is at Stake? (Minnesota)
    • Alexandra Lyon, University of Wisconsin; Seed Needs and Challenges: Interviews with Wisconsin Organic Vegetable Growers
    • Lisa Schlessinger; University of Illinois; Pollen Drift: Reframing the Biotechnology Liability Debate
    • Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance; State of Organic Seed: Results of a Survey
    • Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance, moderator, Certification Requirements and Quality Standards.
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 (Radisson Ballroom)

  • Brian Baker, independent consultant; A Comparison of European and North American organic agriculture research policies
  • Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; Lessons from Italy: Policies and Provisions to Facilitate the Transition to Organic Farming
  • Marc Tchamitchian, French National Institute for Agricultural Research; Research and development integration to foster Organic Farming in France.
  • Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust, moderator.
  • Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 1: Back to the Future (Iowa)
  • Walter Goldstein, Mandaamin Institute; Breeding high nutritional value corn for organic farmers. 
  • Adrienne Shelton, University of Wisconsin; Collaborative Release of an Organic Open-Pollinated Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.) Variety
  • Lisa Kissing Kucek, Cornell University; Participatory Breeding of Wheat, Spelt, Emmer, and Einkorn for Organic Farming.
  • Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, moderator.
  • Biological Control: Working With Nature (Illinois)
  • David Lowenstein, University of Illinois at Chicago; Natural enemies and biological control of lepidopteran brassica pests in urban agriculture.
  • Alex Stone, Oregon State University; Contans as a tool for organic white mold management
  • Ken Johnson, Oregon State University; Biocontrol of fire blight: why a yeast represents a new paradigm is disease suppression
  • Eric Carr, Rodale Institute; Deploying microbes as a seed treatment for protection against soil-borne plant pathogens.
  • Alisha Bower, IPM Institute of North America, moderator.
5:00-6:00pm Reception, light meal and poster presentation in the lobby by the Radisson Ballroom
6:00-7:00pm Chuck Benbrook, Washington State University
The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results
Keynote in the Radisson Ballroom

 

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

8:00-8:30am Registration and networking
8:30-10:00am Concurrent workshop session 3

  • Holistic Livestock Care and Feeding (Minnesota)
  • David Bane, DVM, Sydney, IL; Measurement of biomarkers in food animals to assess animal inflammation and wellness
  • Annie Donoghue, USDA-ARS, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Organic Poultry: Developing Natural Solutions for Reducing Pathogens and Improving Production
  • Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State; Enhanced forage intake and milk production on birdsfoot trefoil pastures in the western US
  • Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust, moderator.
  • Soil Health: Back to Basics (Radisson Ballroom)
  • Anna Cates, University of Wisconsin; Long-term Tillage, Rotation, and Perennialization Effects on Particulate and Aggregate Organic Matter
  • Robert J. Kremer, USDA-ARS, Columbia, Missouri; Soil Health Improvement in an Organic Orchard Production System in Northwest Missouri
  • Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire; Increased microbial efficiency and growth drive soil organic matter increases in organic cropping systems.
  • Alex Stone, Oregon State University, moderator.
  • Organic Markets: Quality and the Consumer Connection (Illinois)
  • Kathryn Boys, Virginia Tech; Export opportunities and import competition: Improving understanding of international markets for US organic farm and processed products.
  • Bradley Heins, University of Minnesota; Effect of Growth, Meat Quality, Profitability, and Consumer Acceptability of Organically Raised Dairy-Beef Steers.
  • Kitt Healy, University of Wisconsin; Variety trials for direct market quality and flavor.
  • Brian Baker, independent consultant, moderator.
10:00-10:30am Break and poster viewing (refreshments provided in Radisson Ballroom lobby)
10:30-noon Concurrent workshop session 4

  • Farming Systems: Putting it all Together (Radisson Ballroom)
  • Erin Hill, Michigan State University; Quantifying the impacts of cover crops on organic dry beans
  • Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin; Implementing cover crop-based reduced tillage in small scale organic vegetable production.
  • Rachel Weil, University of Wisconsin; Comparison of Labor Needs for Field Production, Harvest, and Packing on Organic Diversified Vegetable Farms in the Upper Midwest.
  • Diana Jerkins, Organic Farming Research Foundation, moderator.
  • Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 2: Creative Partnerships and Emerging Varieties (Iowa)
  • Ruth Genger, University of Wisconsin; Building a healthy organic seed system for potatoes through farmer-researcher partnerships.
  • Sara Turner, Texas A&M University; Evaluation of carrot (Daucus carota, L.) for traits related to early seedling establishment and canopy growth at different planting densities in organic systems
  • Phillip Simon, University of Wisconsin; The CIOA (Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture) Project: Location and Genetic Background Influence Carrot Field Performance and Flavor
  • Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, moderator.
  • Economics of Organic: The Bottom Line (Minnesota)
  • Timothy Delbridge, University of Minnesota; The Barriers to Organic Transition: Impacts and Policy Solutions
  • Tom Kriegl, University of Wisconsin; Comparing Feed Costs of Different Dairy Systems (Mainly Wisconsin) From 1995 to 2010
  • Carolyn Dimitri, New York University; The Organic-Conventional Yield Gap.
  • Brian Baker, independent consultant, moderator.
12:00-1:00pm Lunch – Radisson Ballroom
1:00-3:00pm Listening session 1: Identifying Research Needs and Gaps (Radisson Ballroom)Facilitators: Brian Baker, independent consultant; Jessica Shade, The Organic Center; Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust; and Diana Jerkins, Organic Farming Research Center.
3:00-3:30pm Break (refreshments provided)
3:30-5:00pm Listening session 2: Strategic Planning and Bridge to MOSES Organic Farming Conference (Radisson Ballroom). Facilitators: Brian Baker, independent consultant; Jessica Shade, The Organic Center; Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust; and Diana Jerkins, Organic Farming Research Center.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

6:00-8:00pm Listening session 3: Presentation from OARS Planners and Further Input (LaCrosse Center Room C). Facilitators: Brian Baker, independent consultant; Jessica Shade, The Organic Center; Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust; and Diana Jerkins, Organic Farming Research Center.

 

 

Posters in the lobby of the Radisson Ballroom:

  • Tessa Peters, UW; New methods for participatory development of sugary enhanced sweet corn varieties.
  • Tom Kriegl, UW; The Financial Performance Of Dairy Systems Across the U.S.A.
  • Abbe Hamilton, Penn State; How organic farmers maximize the ecosystem service provisioning potential of cover crops in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Keefe Keeley, UW; Woodland grazing management and hardwood silvopasture in the upper Midwest.
  • Virginia Moore, UW; Cover Crop Adoption on Organic Vegetable Farms in Wisconsin.
  • Jessica Davis, Colorado State; Evaluation of an On-Farm Bio-Fertilizer Production System Using Cyanobacteria.
  • Timothy Delbridge, University of MN; An Analysis of Crop Insurance Alternatives for Organic Crop Producing Farms.
  • Andy Petran, University of MN, Extending the Season for Organic Strawberry Production in the Midwest