Call for papers: International Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

February 25-26, 2015, La Crosse, WI

The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium invites submissions for proposed research papers to be presented. The Symposium will take place immediately before the Organic Farming Conference organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), the Symposium organizers invite researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards.

This is an excellent forum for researchers engaged in projects funded by USDA-Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Conference organizers are especially interested in farmer/ researcher team presentations.

Researchers are encouraged to respond to the National Organic Standards Board research priorities or other similar priority lists based on public process. Topic tracks of interest include:

  • Functional biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by organic farming systems;
  • Soil health, quality and nutrient cycling;
  • Biological and cultural practices to manage insects, diseases and weeds;
  • Holistic animal health and nutrition, grazing and pasture management systems;
  • Breeding, selection of crops and animals, and seed systems suitable for organic production;
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation, including renewable energy systems;
  • Integration of perennials in organic farming systems and permaculture system design;
  • Value added production and processing without synthetic food additives and processing aids;
  • Nutritional quality, health benefits and integrity of organic food;
  • Organic agriculture’s impact on rural communities;
  • Organic farm economics, marketing and consumer behavior;
  • Appropriate methods and practices for systems and on-farm research; and
  • Public policies to facilitate the transition to organic farming.

Researchers are asked to submit an abstract not to exceed 500 words that includes names of the co-authors, contact information, a working title, the topic area, an introduction that explains the context and purpose of the research, the methods used, and a brief summary of the results and conclusions. Cross-disciplinary papers are encouraged. Works in progress may be considered, but the paper for the proceedings will need to be completed by December 31, 2014.

The symposium will be held in La Crosse, WI on February 25 and 26, with plans to broadcast by live streaming. The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extensionists, educators, agricultural professionals and others interested in organic agriculture, held in conjunction with a meeting that is regularly attended by organic producers and processors. Presentations will be selected based on their innovative excellence, relevance to the research needs and priorities of organic farmers and ranchers, soundness of the methodology used, and the overall scientific quality. Proceedings will be open access and electronically available via

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to Brian Baker at Researchers with questions about the conference can call 541-228-0876.

If you are interested in helping to organize the symposium, we are interested in co-sponsorship from aligned organizations. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, we are developing a list so that reviewers with appropriate expertise will consider submissions.  Please contact Brian Baker (information above) if you or your organization is interested in participating. The organizing committee currently includes representatives from:

  • University of Wisconsin CIAS
  • California Certified Organic Farmers
  • Cornell University Department of Horticulture
  • eOrganics
  • IPM Institute
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • The Organic Center
  • Organic Materials Review Institute
  • Organic Seed Alliance
  • Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

More information on the Symposium will be posted at shortly. Please share this announcement widely.


2 thoughts on “Call for papers: International Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

  1. Swapnil

    Myself I am an PhD Student of Agronomy. I am interested in submitting research paper in this symposium but I would not be able to attain it.
    So can it be possible to publish my paper/abstract in the symposium.
    Thank you..

    1. Michelle Miller Post author

      Swapnil, please submit your abstract. While there is real merit in traveling to the conference to meet with farmers, researchers and others in organic agriculture, we also want high quality papers from international researchers and may have limited funds to support travel to the conference. We are investigating ways for people to present from a distance using skype or some other technology.

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