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2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

356 Special Session Symposium--Organic Agriculture Soil Health Research

Oral Session
Special Sessions
Interest in and research results related to understanding soil health and management has been identified by researchers and farmers as the highest priority by OFRF and other surveys conducted in the last two years. (National Organic Research Agenda, 2016) Soil erosion costs $400 billion/year globally and decreases productivity by $37.6 billion/year in the U.S. Excessive tillage and use of synthetic materials can destroy soil structure and interfere with microbial and root exudates.  Nutrient retention and soil carbon improves soil organic matter and plant growth. There is a critical need to improve soil health in all agricultural systems and at a minimum maintain and decrease soil loss and increase ecosystem services provided by healthy soils.  This symposium will bring together researchers, extension, farmers and other organic agriculture stakeholders to provide current information on applicable research results. Nine issues have been identified ranging from effects of cover corps, compost and rotation, insect and disease management interactions with soil biology, urban environments, to influence of soil management practices on economic returns and best ways to disseminate information to producers. Research results are applicable to organic and conventional production systems to improve sustainability and profit. A panel discussion will examine future research needs.  Researchers will have the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and initiate new research relationships. Results from this symposium can also influence the direction and priorities of organic research and policy. The Organic Management Section and Soil Health Community support this symposium and will assist along with a Program Committee of university partners (UFL lead), national and state farmer organization (FOG lead) to select speakers and provide outreach efforts. Conference organizers will provide scholarships for participants, especially students and farmers. Continuing education credits will be sought. Presentations and symposium proceedings will be available through the OFRF website.

Approved for CM 2.0 CEUs


Organic Management Systems Community
Soil Health Community

Wednesday, October 25, 2017: 9:30 AM-11:35 AM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom G and H

Diana Jerkins
Diana Jerkins
9:30 AM
Introductory Remarks
9:35 AM
Setting and Exceeding Benchmarks for Soil Health on Diversified Organic Vegetable Farms.
John Franklin Egan, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Helen Kollar-McArthur, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Dan Dalton, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Kristy Borrelli, The Pennsylvania State University; Charlie White, Pennsylvania State Univeristy
9:50 AM
Comparison of Reduced Tillage Practices for Small-Scale Organic Vegetable Production.
Ryan Maher, Cornell University; Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University; Mark Hutton, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Brian Caldwell, Cornell University; Mark L. Hutchinson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Nicholas Rowley, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
10:05 AM
Using Mycorrhizal Fungi to Improve Soil Health and Increase Yield in Organic Vegetable Farms.
Pushpa Soti, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Alexis Racelis, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
10:20 AM
Effects of Soil Balancing Treatments on Soils, Crops and Pests in Organically Managed Farms.
Andrea Leiva Soto, The Ohio State University; Steve Culman, Ohio State University; Warren A Dick, Ohio State University; Matthew Kleinhenz, The Ohio State University; Catherine Herms, The Ohio State University; Douglas Doohan, The Ohio State University
10:50 AM
Optimizing Nitrogen Management on Organic and Biologically-Intensive Farms.
Douglas P. Collins, Washington State University; Andy Bary, Washington State University
11:05 AM
Soil Health and Organic: Lessons Learned.
Ben Bowell, Oregon Tilth; Jennifer Kucera, USDA-NRCS
11:20 AM
Influence of Long-Term Organic Cropping Systems on Soil Microbial Population Size and Structure.
Lea Vereecke, UW Madison; Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Josephine Peigne, ISARA-Lyon
11:35 AM
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