Save the date: Nov. 1 meeting in Wooster ‘to discuss the Future of Organic Farming’
By Kurt Knebusch
WOOSTER, Ohio - Ohio State University’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program invites farmers, scientists, and others interested in organic food and farming to attend its autumn symposium, “Future Directions for Organic Agriculture Research.”
The event is Nov. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.
Ohio State scientist Larry Phelan, the event’s lead organizer, calls the symposium “a summit for stakeholders and researchers to discuss the future of organic farming and how we can anticipate research and education needs to help producers and processors be successful.”
Topics include future market trends, consumer demand, policy and regulatory issues, production and processing challenges, and the proposed Organic Research and Promotion Program. Future research and funding opportunities in those areas will be discussed.
Speaking at the symposium will be:
* Laura Batcha, executive vice president, Organic Trade Association.
* Maureen Wilmot, executive director, Organic Farming Research Foundation.
* Mike Anderson, sustainable agriculture educator, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.
* Deb Stinner, panel manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative and retired former head of OFFER.
To reserve a place in the symposium, participants should register online in advance at http://oardc.osu.edu/offer/registration.asp . Space is limited.
For more information, call 330-202-3528 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFER is part of OARDC, which is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.