2015 Proceedings and Recordings

Proceedings and recordings from the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2015 are available here. The proceedings were edited by Brian Baker.

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,  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.
    ProceedingsRecording
  • 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
  • Phillipp 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. 

 Listening Sessions