Conferences focus on organic research

In February, the Organic Seed Alliance will hold the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference for two days of presentations and networking focused on organic seed. Conference attendees receive hands-on instruction, results from cutting-edge research, updates on seed policy and advocacy efforts, and inspiring stories from the field. The theme will be “Cultivating Resilience,” a current assessment and road-map for building organic seed systems that are ecologically, socially, and economically resilient. 

The conference Feb. 4–6, 2016, will take place at Oregon State University, which will co-host with Washington State University and eOrganic.

Attendees will include farmers, seed producers, plant breeders, researchers working in organic seed systems, seed companies, university extension agents, organic certifiers, government employees, non-government seed advocacy and education organizations, and representatives of food companies. For more information, visit the Organic Seed Alliance’s website.

Meanwhile, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center are gearing up for the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium to be held Jan. 20 in Pacific Grove, CA, immediately preceding the Ecological Farming Association’s annual EcoFarm Conference.

The symposium will feature researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards. Topics range from soil health, biological and cultural practices to manage insects, diseases and weeds, holistic animal health and nutrition, grazing and pasture management systems, climate change mitigation and adaption, value-added production and processing, nutritional quality, health benefits and integrity of organic food. For more information, visit OFRF’s website.

In addition, The Organic Center is planning a one-day conference to increase communication among diverse groups of key stakeholders from all areas of organic food systems.  The conference will focus on the intersection of policy and research, building on knowledge and experience from participants including farmers, scientists, industry members, and policymakers. The conference will be held the week of May 23, 2016, in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the Organic Trade Association’s Policy Conference. The conference program will coordinate research and policy with farmer and market needs in order to increase organic acreage and production. For further details, contact The Center.  //