RESEARCH AND STUDIES
With the Organic Research Forum, held annually at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, MOSES hopes to cultivate a closer relationship between researchers and producers.
If you are a producer looking for practical research-based production information you can use on your farm, or a researcher or educator interested in organic and sustainable agriculture, the Organic Research Forum is the place for you. The Forum offers a unique opportunity for students, scientists and farmer researchers investigating topics related to organic agriculture to engage and share their work with the conference audience.
Organic agriculture focuses on a holistic, systems approach to farm management. Researchers can help organic producers by translating this approach into practical strategies that can be used to provide soil fertility and control weeds and insects in an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible manner. Within the last ten years, research in organic agriculture at state and federal levels has gained incredible momentum. The majority of land grant universities across the U.S., and many private universities as well, now have research and educational programs related in some way to organic agriculture. Scientists with diverse backgrounds such as ecology, biology, entomology, agronomy, soils, chemistry and sociology understand the benefits of organic, sustainable and ecologically sound agriculture and have recognized the need for non-biased, practical production information for organic farmers. However, MOSES believes this relationship is not a one-way street. It is hoped that the Organic Research Forum also gives researchers the chance to learn from organic growers, and affords these growers the opportunity to discuss their needs and the potential for participation and continued interaction throughout the year.
Plans are underway for the 2013 Organic Research Forum and Reasearch Poster Session at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, February 23-25, 2012 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Learn more...