The first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), scheduled for February 25-26, 2015, will focus on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event.
Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results. Benbrook is Research Professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, where he leads a project quantifying the impacts of farming systems, technology, and policy on food nutritional quality, food safety, agricultural productivity, economic performance, natural resources and the environment.
Organic farmers and students are particularly encouraged to attend this symposium, and a limited number of scholarships are available. Registration fees include a program, educational materials, break refreshments and lunch on Thursday. Register now to reserve your space.