About the 2018 Organic Confluences Summit

The 2018 Organic Confluences Summit

Organic ConfluencesThe Organic Center, in collaboration with USDA Economic Research Service and eOrganic brought farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers together this spring for what will be the third annual Organic Confluences Summit to address the challenges facing organic agriculture and to share knowledge and research findings.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Evaluating and Advancing Knowledge Transfer in Organic.” It will gather diverse organic stakeholders to assess the state of extension and education for organic and transitioning farmers, explore current innovations in information dissemination, and address barriers that constrain knowledge transfer within the organic sector.

The 2018 Confluences will look at innovative programs that have been a success, as well as challenges that past programs have faced with the goal of providing recommendations for developing a successful framework that will work for farmers across the U.S.

This year’s day-and-a-half summit took place Monday, May 21, and the morning of Tuesday, May 22, at USDA Patriots Plaza III, in Washington, D.C. The event will be held in conjunction with Organic Week in Washington, D.C., which includes the Organic Trade Association’s annual Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days, a Capitol Hill Reception, and more.

Outcomes of the conference will be posted here.