2015 Proceedings and Recordings

Brian Baker, Editor

Proceedings and recordings from the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2015 are linked below.

Recordings are also available on the eXtension website and as a playlist on the eOrganic YouTube channel.

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2015 Program

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Farming Systems: Seeing the Big Picture

  • Mathieu Ngouajio, USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture; Enhancing functional diversity in organic agriculture: The contribution of NIFA’s organic program.
  • Stephane Bellon, French National Institute for Agricultural Research;Organics in 3D: diversity, dynamics and design of organic agriculture
    Proceedings
    , Recording
  • Aurelie Cardona, French National Institute for Agricultural Research; Collaboration between farmers, extension agents, wholesalers and consumers to design suitable sustainable and organic systems.
    Recording
  • Michelle Miller, University of Wisconsin, moderator

Organic Seeds: What is at Stake?

  • Alexandra Lyon, University of Wisconsin; Seed Needs and Challenges: Interviews with Wisconsin Organic Vegetable Growers.
    Recording
  • Lisa Schlessinger; University of Illinois; Pollen Drift: Reframing the Biotechnology Liability Debate.
    Recording
  • Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance; State of Organic Seed: Results of a Survey.
    Recording
  • Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance, moderator

Organic Research: An International Perspective

  • Marc Tchamitchian, French National Institute for Agricultural Research; Research and development integration to foster Organic Farming in France.
    Proceedings
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      Recording
  • Brian Baker, independent consultant; A Comparison of European and North American organic agriculture research policies.
    ProceedingsRecording
  • Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; Lessons from Italy: Policies and Provisions to Facilitate the Transition to Organic Farming. Recording unavailable.
  • Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust, moderator.

Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 1: Back to the Future

  • Walter Goldstein, Mandaamin Institute; Breeding high nutritional value corn for organic farmers.
    Proceedings, Photo, Recording
  • Adrienne Shelton, University of Wisconsin; Collaborative Release of an Organic Open-Pollinated Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.) Variety.
    Recording
  • Lisa Kissing Kucek, Cornell University; Participatory Breeding of Wheat, Spelt, Emmer, and Einkorn for Organic Farming.
    Proceedings,
     
    Recording
  • Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, moderator. 

Biological Control: Working With Nature

  • David Lowenstein, University of Illinois at Chicago; Natural enemies and biological control of lepidopteran brassica pests in urban agriculture.
    Proceedings
    Recording
  • Ken Johnson, Oregon State University; Biocontrol of fire blight: why a yeast represents a new paradigm is disease suppression.
    Recording
  • Eric Carr, Rodale Institute; Deploying microbes as a seed treatment for protection against soil-borne plant pathogens. Recording
  • Alisha Bower, IPM Institute of North America, moderator

Keynote Speech: Charles Benbrook

  • Charles Benbrook, Washington State University; The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results. Recording

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Holistic Livestock Care and Feeding

  • David Bane, DVM, Sydney, IL; Measurement of biomarkers in food animals to assess animal inflammation and wellness.
    Recording
  • Annie Donoghue, USDA-ARS, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Organic Poultry: Developing Natural Solutions for Reducing Pathogens and Improving Production
    Proceedings Recording
  • Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State; Enhanced forage intake and milk production on birdsfoot trefoil pastures in the western US.
    Proceedings
    Recording
  • Jim Riddle, Ceres Trust, moderator.

Soil Health: Back to Basics

  • Anna Cates, University of Wisconsin; Long-term Tillage, Rotation, and Perennialization Effects on Particulate and Aggregate Organic Matter.
    Recording
  • Robert J. Kremer, USDA-ARS, Columbia, Missouri; Soil Health Improvement in an Organic Orchard Production System in Northwest Missouri.
    Proceedings
    , Recording
  • Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire; Increased microbial efficiency and growth drive soil organic matter increases in organic cropping systems
    Recording

Organic Markets: Quality and the Consumer Connection

  • Kathryn Boys, Virginia Tech; Export opportunities and import competition: Improving understanding of international markets for US organic farm and processed products.
    Proceedings
    Recording
  • Bradley Heins, University of Minnesota; Effect of Growth, Meat Quality, Profitability, and Consumer Acceptability of Organically Raised Dairy-Beef Steers.
    Proceedings Recording
  • Kitt Healy, University of Wisconsin; Variety trials for direct market quality and flavor.
    Proceedings,
    Recording
  • Brian Baker, independent consultant, moderator

Farming Systems: Putting it all Together

  • Erin Hill, Michigan State University; Quantifying the impacts of cover crops on organic dry beans.
    Recording
  • Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin; Implementing cover crop-based reduced tillage in small scale organic vegetable production.
    Recording
  • Rachel Weil, University of Wisconsin; Comparison of Labor Needs for Field Production, Harvest, and Packing on Organic Diversified Vegetable Farms in the Upper Midwest.
    Recording
  • Diana Jerkins, Organic Farming Research Foundation, moderator.

Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 2: Creative Partnerships and Emerging Varieties

  • Ruth Genger, University of Wisconsin; Building a healthy organic seed system for potatoes through farmer-researcher partnerships.
    Recording
  • 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.
    Recording
  • Phillip Simon, University of Wisconsin; The CIOA (Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture) Project: Location and Genetic Background Influence Carrot Field Performance and Flavor.
    Recording
  • Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, moderator.

Economics of Organic: The Bottom Line

  • Timothy Delbridge, University of Minnesota; The Barriers to Organic Transition: Impacts and Policy Solutions. Recording
  • Tom Kriegl, University of Wisconsin; Comparing Feed Costs of Different Dairy Systems (Mainly Wisconsin) From 1995 to 2010
    Proceedings
    Recording
  • Carolyn Dimitri, New York University; The Organic-Conventional Yield Gap.
    Recording
  • Brian Baker, independent consultant, moderator. 

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