The Organic Research Forum at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference features a juried Poster Gallery and a special track of workshops to bring current research directly to organic and sustainable farmers.
The Organic Research Forum is supported in part by Ceres Trust and Annie’s Homegrown.
2017 Organic Research Forum Posters
The Organic Research Forum at the 2017 MOSES Conference includes a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Congratulations to all the poster presenters! The student winners are:
1st Place – Hannah Phillips, University of Minnesota
Comparison of Fatty Acids and Consumer Acceptability of Dairy Steers Grazing Two Cover Cropping Systems
Hannah Phillips, Bradley Heins, Kathleen Delate, and Bob Turnbull, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2nd Place – Liz Perkus, University of Minnesota
Overcoming Tunnel Vision: Incorporating Cover Crops into Organic High Tunnel Rotations to Improve Soil Health
Liz Perkus, Julie Grossman, Mary Rogers, Steve Poppe, University of MinnesotaTemporal and Management Strategy Effects on Labile Carbon and Nitrogen Pools at WICST
3rd Place – Kalyn Diederich, University of Wisconsin
Temporal and Management Strategy Effects on Labile Carbon and Nitrogen Pools at WICST
Kalyn M. Diederich, Kavya Krishnan, Matthew D. Ruark, Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Special Mention – Emma Velis, Carleton College
Investigating the Effects of Compost Tea on Nutrient Cycling on an Organic Blueberry Farm
Emma Velis, Carleton College
If you have questions, contact:
Jennifer Nelson, Research Forum Coordinator
From the Organic Broadcaster:
Integrating crops and livestock on a multi-function operation could have multiple benefits and the potential to improve the profitability of these kinds of operations. Read more.
Recently completed research by the Fertrell Company of Bainbridge, Penn., indicates that broiler chickens fed a ration including fishmeal grow larger and have better feed conversion than those without the nutritional supplement. Read more.
Maize, commonly called corn, is an incredibly productive crop that works well in organic crop rotations in many parts of North America. Since the lax release of transgenic varieties of maize (corn carrying DNA from other species)…. Read more.
Milk production is directly related to dry matter intake, which is directly related to the amount of available dry matter in pasture. For cows grazing pasture to be productive…. Read more.
Organic farming is based on the understanding that soils are not just a place for plants to sit—they are complex living systems, home to an enormous diversity of organisms from the tiniest bacteria to earthworms and insects. Read more.
One of the biggest challenges for diversified vegetable growers, particularly those just starting their farm business, is determining their cost of production in order to set prices that ensure a profit. Read more.
Research at Iowa State University shows how no-till works in organic system
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No-till or reduced tillage has been proven to provide multiple environmental benefits on conventional farms, particularly in the area of soil conservation… Read More.
Farmers can grow a green manure crop between winter wheat harvest in July and corn planting the following May. Green manures are plants grown specifically…. Read more.
For those of us interested in grass-based agriculture, mob grazing is likely not a new concept. We’ve heard the mob-grazing gurus talk at conferences, read the articles…. Read more.
Gastrointestinal nematode parasitism is one of the greatest threats to economic sheep production in the United States. With increased incidences of anthelmintic resistance and constraints of organic production…. Read more.
Biodegradable biobased mulch film was added to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic production in October 2014. Read more.
The potato is an important staple food—globally the fourth largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice. Read more.
There is no cure for fire blight (FB), and there is no single “silver bullet” (including antibiotics) that will prevent FB infection. Successful non-antibiotic FB control combines…. Read more.
It has been known, at least since the 1950s, that popcorn cannot set seed if pollinated by yellow field corn. Another closely related plant called teosinte also shares…. Read more.
The potential benefits of using cover crops are wide ranging and well documented. The potential benefits of using cover crop mixtures, however, have been less thoroughly explored.
Rotary hoeing and in-row cultivation during the grain growing season help suppress weed populations. Read more.
Implementation of specific cover cropping strategies that cost-effectively capture benefits while minimizing challenges is easier said than done. Read more Read more.
Flame weeding has received renewed interest for its potential in not only organic, but also conventional cropping systems…. Read more.
Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region – Most current
Produced by the Ceres Trust, the report includes state-specific details about student organic farms; certified organic research land and animals; sources of organic research funding; dissemination of organic research results through field days and peer-reviewed journals; organic education efforts of nonprofit organizations; and other relevant information.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: Wake Up Before it is too Late
To feed the world and save our environment, experts reporting to the United Nations 2013 Conference on Trade and Development recommend reversing course from high input, unsustainable, modern production methods and adopting organic and agroecological farming practices. See report here.
Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin Current
The University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the WI DATCP show that Wisconsin leads the nation in organic dairy and beef production. The report notes that the state has 1,257 certified organic farms, making it the second largest state for organic farming—California is first. The report includes additional statistics about organic agriculture and research in the state, as well as narrative about opportunities and challenges facing the state’s organic farmers.
Protecting Organic Seed Integrity:
The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing
This manual from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association offers guidance on avoiding seed contamination and information about testing these at-risk crops: corn, soy, cotton, alfalfa, papaya, canola (Brassica rapa), sugarbeet, and squash (Cucurbita pepo).
Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination
Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) surveyed farmers in 17 states, finding that contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.