Led by Dr. Bill Tracy, Department of Agronomy, with partners eOrganic and Brian Baker, CIAS co-hosted the first ever Organic Agriculture Research Symposium as a pre-Organic Farming Conference event in February 2015. CIAS faculty associates, students and staff now participate in the event as it moves each year to a different host institution. Detailed proceedings and recordings from each session are on the eOrganic site. The conference sessions for 2016-2020 are also available at this site.
The 2015 keynote was Charles Benbrook, Washington State University; “The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results”. Recording
The two-day event featured presentations on:
- Farming Systems: Seeing the Big Picture
- Organic Seeds: What is at Stake?
- Organic Research: An International Perspective
- Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 1: Back to the Future
- Biological Control: Working With Nature
- Holistic Livestock Care and Feeding
- Soil Health: Back to Basics
- Organic Markets: Quality and the Consumer Connection
- Farming Systems: Putting it all Together
- Plant Breeding for Organic Farmers 2: Creative Partnerships and Emerging Varieties
- Economics of Organic: The Bottom Line
- Listening Sessions
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Agriculture Program