Research Abstracts for 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Due October 15th

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, invite the submission of research abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place on January 25-26, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky, immediately preceding the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SAWG).

The symposium will feature researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards.The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extensionists, educators, agricultural professionals and others interested in organic agriculture. 

Based on the results of the 2015 OFRF survey with organic farmers in the Southern region, we especially encourage conference participation related to the following priority topic areas:

•   Biological and cultural practices to manage insects, diseases and weeds
•   Market entry and transition to organic production systems
•   Adaptations to climate change in the Southern region.

Additional research topics of interest include:

•   Soil health, quality and nutrient cycling
•   Agroecology and ecosystem services provided by organic farming systems
•   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 water conservation
•   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
•   Innovative educational approaches to teach organic farming practices
•   Appropriate methods and practices for systems and on-farm research
•   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.

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.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2016. Abstracts should be sent to Dr. Joanna Ory at