Innovations in Organic Food Systems: Welcome/Opening Session

Oral Session
Innovations in Organic Food Systems for Sustainable Production and Enhanced Ecosystem Services
This 2-day conference will bring leaders in organic food and agricultural systems from around the world together to assess the current state of knowledge about innovations that enhance both sustainable food production and ecosystem services.  Participants will share the latest findings from studies of organic systems and their implications for both practice and policy within the framework of sustainable production and enhancing ecosystem services.  The conference is co-organized by the ASA Organic Management Systems Community, USDA-NIFA, and the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) and funded in part by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Saturday, November 1, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Renaissance Long Beach, Renaissance Ballroom III-IV

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Kathleen Delate
8:30 AM
Introductory Remarks
8:30 AM
The OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP).
Hans-Joachim Weigel, Thünen-Institute
9:00 AM
Presentation of USDA NIFA: Organic Agriculture Funding and Priorities in the U.S.
Mathieu Ngouajio, National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA; Steven I. Smith, National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA; Megan O'Reilly, National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA; Mary Peet, National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA
9:30 AM
10:00 AM