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U.S.: Organic Farming Systems Research Conference: Presentations now online

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored a conference on March 16-18, 2011 in Washington DC to examine findings from research on organic farming systems, including many longstanding projects. The audience included researchers, policymakers, farmers, ranchers and others who are interested in exploring the implications of organic farming systems research.

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Conference objectives:

  • To examine findings from U.S. research on organic farming systems, including two key types of research—long-term farming experiments and nationwide economic producer surveys.
  • To explore the implications of these findings for U.S. agricultural productivity, economic viability, environmental stewardship, and quality of life goals.
  • To facilitate dialogue among the various disciplines, farm groups and other stakeholders involved in organic farming systems research, and to generate recommendations for improving the way this research is conducted.
  • To create new ideas for future research in organic farming systems. 

Several of the sessions were recorded and are now available via extensionist.org, an interactive learning environment.

Further information

United States of America at Organic-World.net


Catherine Greene
Economic Research Service
1800 M Street NW
20036-5831, Washington, DC
Tel. +1 202-694-5110

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