Organic Research Forum

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The Organic Research Forum at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference features a Poster Gallery and a special track of workshops to bring current research directly to organic and sustainable farmers.

Call for Research Posters


The Organic Research Forum is made possible by a generous grant from the Ceres Trust.Ceres-1col


Current research project highlights

Proof Positive: Research published in the Organic Broadcaster newspaper


Call for Organic Research Posters

Deadline Dec. 18, 2015

The Organic Research Forum at the MOSES Conference Feb. 26-27 includes a poster session documenting completed and on-going research projects related to organic agriculture.

Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals related to the following topics:

  1. Organic fruit, vegetable and row crop production (including bio-fuels & fibers)
  2. Organic dairy production
  3. Economic and marketing research of organic products
  4. Organic livestock production (other than dairy) and crop-livestock integration
  5. Insect and disease management
  6. Nutritional quality of organic foods
  7. Consumer and market trends for organic products

Space is limited to 25 posters. All accepted poster presenters receive full conference admission. Limited scholarships are available to offset the cost of lodging and travel. To be considered for a scholarship, submit a request with the poster abstract/summary.

This is a juried poster session with awards for 1st through 3rd place.

What to submit:

Research abstract/summary (under 300 words) covering:

  • Study’s purpose
  • Experimental treatments used
  • Results obtained
  • Significance of findings
  • Conclusions and implications

Focus on the implications of the research and less on methodology.

How to submit:

Send summary in the body of an email or as a Microsoft Word-compatible attachment with your full contact information to:

Jennifer Nelson, Research Forum Coordinator


Current Research

Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region – 2015
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 2015
According to a report from the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the WI DATCP, 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.


From the Organic Broadcaster:

Research evaluates green manures as fertilizer in organic soybean-winter wheat-corn rotation
September | October 2015

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.


Research shows farmers use mob grazing for variety of benefits
July | August 2015

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.


Research shows organic fermented grape extract works as natural dewormer in lambs
May | June 2015

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.


Research shows biodegradable mulch film slow to degrade in field
March | April 2015

Biodegradable biobased mulch film was added to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic production in October 2014. Read more.


Research identifies potato varieties that do well on Midwest organic farms
January | February 2015

The potato is an important staple food—globally the fourth largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice.  Read more.


Integrated systems approach needed to control fire blight without antibiotics
November | December 2014

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.


DCF 1.0Research moves forward on ‘organic-ready’ open-pollinated corn
September | October 2014

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.


Research explores potential benefits of mixing cover crops
July | August 2014

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.
Read more.


Research looks to cover crops to alleviate soil compaction, suppress weeds
May | June 2014

Rotary hoeing and in-row cultivation during the grain growing season help suppress weed populations. Read more.


Campbell Cover CropsResearchers evaluate precision cover cropping
March | April 2014

Implementation of specific cover cropping strategies that cost-effectively capture benefits while minimizing challenges is easier said than done. Read more Read more.


211rowflamerResearch highlights best practices for propane-fueled flame weeding
January  |  February 2014

Flame weeding has received renewed interest for its potential in not only organic, but also conventional cropping systems…. Read more.


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