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2017 Organic Confluences: Making Research Count Agenda

May 10, 2017

Patriots Plaza III Conference Center 

355 E St SW, Washington, DC 20024
May 22-23, 2017


Day 1: Monday May 22, 2017

7:30     Registration, Coffee, and Breakfast

9:00     Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introductions

9:30     The Importance of Communicating Research in Organic


Moderator: Julia Marasteanu, FDA

Jonathan Wachter, Washington State University

Matt Dillon, Clif Bar & Company and Seed Matters

10:30   Break

11:00   Case Study 1: Biodiversity


Moderator: Amber Sciligo, University of California at Berkeley

Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance

Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services, LLC

12:00   Impactful Research and Communication to Farmers


Moderator: David Vetter, Grain Place Foods

Kevin Mahalko, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

Tyler Strom, Food and Agriculture Roadmap for Illinois (FARM Illinois) and Strom Family Farm

Robert Quinn, Quinn Farm and Kamut International

Nate Powell-Palm, Cold Springs Organics

1:00     Lunch

2:00     Case Study 2: Best Practices in Organic


Moderator: Lindsay Haines, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

Benjamin Bowell, Oregon Tilth and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

Rex Dufour, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Alison Howard, Homesteat Farms

3:00     Connecting Research with Organic Policies


Moderator: Renee Thresher, Lundberg Family Farms

Mat Ngouajio, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Charlie Walthall, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Paul Lewis, USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

4:00     Break

4:30     Group Discussion 

5:30     Adjourn for the Day


Day 2: Tuesday May 23, 2017

8:00     Coffee and Breakfast

9:00     Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Introduction

9:30     Case Study 3: Manure Safety


Moderator: Nathaniel Lewis, The Organic Trade Association

Alda Pires, University of California, Davis

David Ingram, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

10:30   Break

11:00   Mini-keynote: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree  

11:30   Assessing Organic Agricultural Research Funding

Panel Members:

Moderator: Jessica Shade, The Organic Center

Brise Tenser, OFRF

Mark Lipson, University of California, Santa Cruz

Tom Rabaey, General Mills

12:00   Lunch

1:00   Case Study 4: Organic Grain Breeding Programs


Moderator: Elizabeth Reaves, Sustainable Food Lab

Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Anna Crabtree, Vilicus Farms and Vilicus Training Institute

2:00   Involving Stakeholders in Research and Outreach


Moderator: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center

Anders Gurda, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Richard Bennett, Bennett Farms Inc.

3:00     Break

3:30     Break-out Discussions

4:30      Synthesis Discussion and Development of Recommendations

5:00     Closing Remarks

5:30     OTA and Organic Valleys Congressional Reception

Location: Capitol View at 400 (rooftop venue), The Hall of States, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W.

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