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2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center 

2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center 

Presented Thursday, December 10 

Come learn about the hottest science in the field of organic food and farming from 2020. This webinar brings together leading scientists to talk about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come  in this challenging year. Hear about what studies have changed the industry, how COVID has changed the research landscape, and what we foresee for the scientific outlook for 2021. 

  • Esteemed Panelists: 
  • Asa Bradman, PhD, Professor, Associate Director and Co-founder | University of California, Merced & CERCH
  • Nathalie Jas, PhD, STS scholar and Senior Researcher in Sociology of Risk | French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).
  • Jayson Porter, PhD Candidate in Mexican Environmental History, Department of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences | Northwestern University
  • John P. Reganold, PhD, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology | Washington State University
  • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)
  • Houston Wilson, PhD, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist & Director| University of California, Riverside & Organic Agriculture Institute

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Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices

Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices

Presented July 1, 2020

A growing body of science shows that organic farming supports more biodiversity and can bring in more income than conventional farming, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of using organic practices. What is less understood is how these benefits are affected by the farming landscape around organic operations. Join Amber Sciligo, Associate Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center, who will be joined by two of the senior authors of a recently published meta-analysis, where you can learn about more about the study’s findings and these benefits from organic practices. 

  • Presenters
  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • David W. Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entomology, Washington State University
  • Olivia M. Smith, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher in Entomology, University of Georgia

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Building Soil Heath for Organic Systems

Building Soil Heath for Organic Systems

Presented on April 17, 2020

Healthy soils are essential for resilient crop production and supporting our ecosystem. Unfortunately, soils in the United States are being degraded by unsustainable agricultural practices. Techniques used by organic farmers can help stop soil health degradation, or even restore soil health in previously degraded soils, because they replenish soil organic carbon and preserve underground biodiversity. However, the specific impacts of organic practices on soil health are not well understood.  Broad surveys of soil health comparing organic and conventional systems consistently show the benefits of organic farming, but rarely compare strategies within organic systems to understand where these benefits arise, or how they can be maximized. This webinar looked at new research on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation, and specific organic soil-building practices to illuminate strategies that have the biggest impacts on soil health.

  • Presenters
  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • Kate Tully, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agroecology, University of Maryland

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Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Presented May 9, 2019

Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world – though Florida citrus has been particularly hard hit. Infected trees are unable to extract the nutrients they need from soil, resulting in severely compromised yields and fruit that is unsuitable for sale. Until now, most of the protocols used to fight the spread of the disease have not been compliant with organic regulations. The Organic Center has collaborated with University of Florida researchers to publish a study that outlines a rigorous, multi-faceted approach to protecting citrus trees in organic systems. The paper is based on a review of existing literature, previously unpublished research and grower observations. Our panel of experts discussed the effect Citrus Greening Disease has had on the Florida citrus industry (especially in organic), and provide a high-level overview of the paper’s findings.

  • Presenters:
  • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Science Program Manager, The Organic Center
  • Ellen Cochrane, PhD, University of Florida

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