Organic Research Forum

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.


MOSES and the Organic Research Forum committee are calling for abstract submissions for the Organic Research Forum at the 2022 MOSES Organic Farming Conference! Please submit your abstract to Organic Research Forum coordinator Chuck Anderas by January 7, 2022 by sending an email to

Research must be conducted in a certified organic system.

Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students, and farmer researchers may submit 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 and crop-livestock integration
  5. Organic insect and disease management
  6. Nutritional quality of organic foods
  7. Consumer and market trends for organic products
  8. Social or educational research about the organic farming community

All accepted research presenters receive full conference admission.

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.


2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference

Organic Research Forum Poster Presenter Winners

First Place – Ambar Carvallo – UW Madison

Obtaining Tomato Varieties Adapted for Organic Farming Systems in the Upper Midwest

Second Place – Matthew Gullickson – U of MN

Field Implementation of Botanical Deterrents for Organic Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

Third Place – Sarah Janes Ugoretz – UW Madison

Connections Between Hired Labor and Long-Term Sustainability of Organic Vegetable Farms


From the Organic Broadcaster:

Levels of cancer-linked glyphosate in urine drop 71% after week on organic diet
September | October 2020

Test results show levels of glyphosate dropped by 71% after just six days on an organic diet, and its main metabolite, AMPA (amino- methyl phosphonic acid) dropped by 76%. Read more.


Research on organic no-till makes strides with focus now on increasing yields
September | October 2020

Researchers have been looking into best practices organic no-till since 2005. We have learned an incredible amount from these organic no-till studies, but the challenge remains to balance improving soil quality with maintaining optimal yields. Read more.


Researchers focus on oats, wheat varieties adapted to organic production
July | August 2020

Organic farmers require small grains varieties that are well-adapted to their production system. Plant breeders strive to improve crops not only for grain yield, but also for disease resistance, lodging resistance, processing characteristics, and nutritional characteristics. Read more.


Research compares summer cover crop options for organic vegetable farms
May | June 2020

Summer cover crops can supplement fertility inputs necessary to maintain crop health in organic systems. Nonetheless, it is crucial to narrow the purpose and use cover crops will have in order to determine what sort of management strategies are necessary to obtain such services. In May-September 2019, we evaluated a range of summer cover crops at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus to determine feasibility in organic rotation systems. Read more.


Researchers test robots that locate, remove weeds without damaging crops
September | October 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to provide alternative tools for weed control: small, autonomous robots that work together in teams, removing weeds at the ground level. Read more.


Research project develops naked barley varieties suited for organic production
September | October 2019

The most common barley grains grown worldwide today are covered with a hull (an outer layer) that is firmly attached to the grain. Now, researchers from across the country are working to bring naked barley back. Read more.


Researchers evaluate pastured broilers as means to reduce flies in organic dairy pastures
May | June 2019

The most effective method of fly control is to break their life cycle and reduce the population to below the pest level. This study was done to determine if broiler chickens can reduce the number of fly larvae from cow manure pats on pasture. Read more.


Illinois organic corn project shows promise, but needs more farms in trials
Jan | Feb 2019

What if organic corn were developed for and by organic farmers? For farmers getting by with the limited options currently on the market, it may seem like a pipe dream. But a year-old University of Illinois project has big plans to make this happen. Read more.


Grafting holds promise for vegetable production
Nov | Dec 2018

A small, but growing number of vegetable farmers and researchers in the U.S. are looking at the practice to determine its best application in soil-based production (including sustainable-organic) of tomato, pepper, watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, and other crops. Read more.


Researchers share five ‘fast facts’ to help growers understand biofertilizers
July | August 2018

Microbe-containing crop biostimulants or biofertilizers are popular among growers and a growing source of revenue for product manufacturers and suppliers. Yet, many questions are unanswered. Read more.


Research shows wild pollinators’ impact on strawberry production
May | June 2018

The UMN Fruit Research team has been developing an organic strawberry production system that extends the Midwest strawberry harvest from a few weeks in June to the entire growing season. In this research, we added functional biodiversity by planting an attractive floral resource to recruit wild pollinators. Read more.


On-farm trials help growers find varieties best suited to farm’s unique setting
March | April 2018

Farming can be a risky endeavor. One way to manage risk in an organic farm system is to use crop genetics well-suited to one’s environment, production system, and markets. Read more.


Interseeding cover crops in cash crops shows promise
September | October 2017

Cover crops have long been recognized in organic agriculture for their many benefits, including reducing the risk of erosion, building soil organic matter, and fostering soil ecology and biology. Read more.


Farmers, researchers share insights on rolling rye in organic no-till system
July | August 2017

Versatile rye, hardiest of the small grains, has found feed, forage, and cover crop uses in farming for centuries. Yet rye straw as a rolled-down mulch for no-till drill grain could be its greatest purpose yet. Read more.


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. __________________________________________________________________________

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