September 4, 2019 –The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Tuskegee University are pleased to announce the 2020 Organic Agriculture Research Forum (OARF) to be presented in partnership with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas, as part of the 2020 SSAWG Conference.

This year’s research forum will feature oral presentations, facilitated round table discussions, and a robust joint poster session with SSAWG. Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for the forum. Oral and poster presentations will be selected based on their innovative excellence, relevance to the research, education, and extension needs and priorities of organic farmers and ranchers, soundness of the methodology used, and the overall scientific quality.

Topics of interest for oral and poster presentations include:

  • Ecosystem services provided by organic farming systems
  • Soil health and quality
  • Biological and cultural practices to manage insects, diseases, and weeds
  • Holistic animal health and nutrition, and grazing and pasture management systems
  • Breeding and selection of crops and animals, and seed systems suitable for organic production
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Integration of perennials in organic farming systems and the design of permaculture systems
  • Value-added production and processing without synthetic food additives and processing aids
  • Nutritional quality, health benefits, and integrity of organic food
  • The impact of organic agriculture on rural communities
  • Economics, marketing, and consumer behavior in organic systems and supply chains
  • Innovative approaches to teaching organic farming practices
  • Innovative approaches to transferring knowledge to beginning and transitioning farmers and ranchers
  • Appropriate methods and practices for food systems and on-farm research
  • Challenges to begin or transition into organic production systems
  • Public policies to facilitate the transition to organic farming

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Abstracts are limited to 300 words and should include the following:

  • Working title and topic area
  • Names of the co-authors and contact information
  • An introduction explaining the context and purpose of the research, methodology, and a brief summary of the results and conclusionsThe deadline for submissions is October 18, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to Applicants with questions about the forum can call OFRF at 831-426-6606.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a non-profit foundation that works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

Southern SAWG facilitates the development of a more sustainable food and agriculture systems across 13 states in the Southern U.S. Since 1992 they have provided high quality educational materials and training opportunities on sustainable and organic production, marketing strategies, farm management, and community food systems development. Each year the Southern SAWG Conference brings together over 1,000 farmers, researchers, educators, and others in the sustainable agriculture field to share practical tools and information and strengthen their working relationships. The 2020 Southern SAWG conference will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 22-25, 2020.

Tuskegee University has initiated an organic farming program for over 10 years to educate Alabama residents on the health benefits of organic vegetables. The program has grown in recent years to include site specific organic farming research on various vegetable crop varieties and integrated pest management throughout the Southern United States to provide recommendations to organic growers. Dr. Kpomblekou-A has served as director of the program at Tuskegee University since 2016.


Haley Baron, OFRF Education & Research Program Associate
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Kokoasse Kpomblekou-A, Tuskegee University Director of Organic Farming and Biogas Production