Benbrook to Keynote Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

Researcher Chuck Benbrook will be the featured keynote speaker at the first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), to be held February 25 and 26 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The title of his speech is “The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results.” The symposium will be on the theme of building a solid foundation for organic agriculture to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way.

Benbrook is at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources where he leads the program Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health (M2M). He recently published “Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States-Wide, 18-Month Study”  in PLOS ONE on December 2013. See also major findings and other information.

The two day Symposium, immediately preceding the Organic Farming Conference,  is intended to provide farmers and other practitioners results from current and on-going research. Panels and posters will feature organic farming systems, seeds and breeds suitable for organic farming, care and feeding of organic livestock, the economics of organic agriculture and the biological control of pests and diseases of organic farms. Panelists will include experts in organic farming and food systems with national and international reputations, as well as up and coming researchers who are taking fresh and innovative approaches to the daunting challenges that face agriculture.

The OARS will also conduct a listening session on the research priorities that organic farmers are particularly encouraged to attend. Outcomes of the listening session will be used to advance the research, innovation and technology transfer. The conference is hosted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems and Department of Agronomy, and sponsored by The US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Research and Education Initiative, The Organic Center and Ceres Trust.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the OARS website: