The Organic Confluences Summit brings together organic stakeholders to address methods for improving research communication among farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers.
Despite growing consumer demand, the organic system continues to face a variety of challenges that constrain growth. Among the most pressing barriers are agronomic considerations—soil health, weed and pest management—and agro-economic challenges—such as yield constraints, crop failure and supply chain shortages.
While scientists increasingly research and develop new methods to address the diversity of obstacles faced by organic farmers, research results are often slow to reach growers, and farmers can be hesitant to adopt new methods and technologies.
The need for improved research dissemination and utilization also extends to policymakers. Scientific data are needed at every step to develop meaningful regulations, yet communication among scientists and policymakers is lacking. As a result, policymakers may not have access to existing information, and scientists may not be aware of knowledge gaps that need to be filled.
Please join us for this important discussion. This two-day conference, organized by The Organic Center, will be held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C.
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Organic Trade Association Members, make the most of your time in Washington!
Organic Confluences Summit is a two-day conference organized by The Organic Center. It is held in conjunction with Organic Trade Association's Organic Week in Washington, D.C. which includes Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days, OTA's Capitol Hill Reception, the Clif Bar fun run, and more.
Don't miss a minute of of this exciting policy-shaping week in Washington D.C. OTA members can register for both conferences for a discount, just choose the Organic Week Combo Package when registering.
The Organic Confluences Conference will address potential communication pitfalls through panels, case studies and discussions, while providing a venue for scientists, farmers, policymakers and organic stakeholders to assess the state of research communication and barriers that constrain diverse stakeholders from utilizing research results and adopting new technologies.
Monday, May 22, 2017 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMEastern Time
USDA Patriots Plaza355 E Street, SWWashington, District of Columbia 20024
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-51300-25730.
Organic Confluences Summit is a unique conference focused on bringing together scientific experts, farmers, policy makers, and organic stakeholders to explore how environmental benefits research can influence policy practices that create incentives for organic agriculture. You can showcase your commitment to Organic by sponsoring Organic Confluences Summit. Levels of support start at $2,500 - learn more.
Contact Amy Bovaird for details.
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