Organic Research Forum


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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.


Research published in the Organic Broadcaster newspaper

Current research project highlights


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:

Research compares fatty acids, meat of dairy steers grazing two cover crop systems
May | June 2017

Cover crops are commonly used as a “green manure” or harvested for grain and straw; however, they could potentially be grazed with livestock in the early spring and summer. In addition, grazing is a low-input method to feed livestock, which could improve soil health by adding fresh manure to the field or pastures. Read more.

research-steers-on-ryeResearch looks at integrating crops, livestock to enhance organic farm resilience
November | December 2016

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.


chicken - jessiResearch shows fishmeal improves poultry performance
September | October 2016

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.


Research moves forward on organic corn that won’t cross with transgenic varieties
July | August 2016

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.


Study looks at impact of warm season annual grasses for grazing organic dairy cows
May | June 2016

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.


Experiment explores impact of amendments on soil microbial communities
March | April 2016

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.


Research documents labor efficiencies on organic diversified vegetable farms
January | February 2016

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 No-till soy early-season

Research at Iowa State University shows how no-till works in organic system
November | December 2015
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.


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.




Current Research

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.

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