2017 Symposium

2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Hosted by Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University

This Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will allow researchers to provide their latest research results to those interested in organic agriculture. This symposium will bring together researchers, farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and other beneficiaries of organic agriculture and farming systems research to learn about and advance organic farming research. It offers researchers a forum to engage in peer-to-peer exchanges of ideas and provides participants an opportunity to create lasting relationships with those conducting critical organic agriculture research. Research topics expected to be included are:

  • Management of insect pests, diseases and weeds
  • Market entry and transition to organic
  • Adaptations to climate change in the South
  • Soil health, quality and nutrient cycling
  • Holistic animal health and nutrition
  • Grazing and pasture management systems
  • Impact on rural communities
  • Economics, marketing and consumer behavior
  • Systems and on-farm research methods and practices

Join us for this update on current research projects and take advantage of this important opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of organic farming research!

Questions? Contact Joanna Ory, joanna@ofrf.org
or 831-426-6606.

Please note this symposium is being offered at the same time as the short courses.

OARS Scholarship

OFRF is offering a limited number of scholarships to help with the cost of attending OARS. Scholarships of up to $350 will be awarded based on the need and merit of the applicant. The scholarship funds may be used for symposium registration ($75-80), travel and one night of lodging.

Students, farmers and researchers in the U.S. who would like to apply for a scholarship should submit a letter of interest to grants@ofrf.org by January 5th. The letter of interest should include name, position, statement of interest and need of scholarship, amount requested and budget. Upon approval from OFRF, scholarship recipients will be required to submit receipts and documentation.