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Congress: BIOFACH 2015 - the biggest organic congress in the world. 11.- 14. february, Nuremberg, Germany. The event for organic experts and a professional audience.

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Science Day is to take place on february 13, as part of BIOFACH. A joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

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General Assembly: European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2015 12 - 17 April 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

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Conference: ICORIBA, the international conference on research in biodynamic agriculture. 27.-30. august 2015, University of Padova, Conegliano, Italy.

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Conference: 3rd African Organic Conference, 5-9 October 2015 in Nigeria. Theme: "Achieving Social and Economic Development through Ecological and Organic Agriculture Alternatives". Submission deadline for papers is end of March 2015, via organic eprints.


See the "How to submit full length paper to 3rd AOC"


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ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

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for Sustainable Production and Enhanced Ecosystem Services



ICROFS organized jointly with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Organic Management Systems Group of American Society of Agronomy (ASA-OMS) an International Conference that took place 1-2 November 2014 Long Beach, California. [See Conference Leaflet]


See the CSA News magazine report from the conference here under "Meetings". Without login you can see a one-page preview of the article written by Lise Andreasen, Ellen Mallory, Niels Halberg, Mathieu Ngouajio, and Kathleen Delate.
















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See programme (pdf)...
See seminar leaflet (pdf)..


Speakers from 12 OECD countries presented developments of organic food systems and potentials for sustainable production and enhanced ecosystem services. The Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), sponsored the participation of 13 invited speakers from outside the US while the USDA provided sponsorship for the 7 invited speakers from the US.


The 2-day conference was held as a special symposium of the annual conference of the three societies American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSA).


See Conference Programme.


Ecosystem Services
‘Natural capital – our ecosystems, biodiversity, and natural resources – underpins economies, societies and individual well-being’. This is emphasized in various ways in reports from the ‘The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB)’ - an initiative of the G8+5 countries launched in 2007. The provision of goods and services by many ecosystems is still poorly understood. In addition the eco-system services are often not valued or they are taken for granted.



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There is growing evidence that many ecosystems have been degraded to such an extent that they are nearing critical thresholds, beyond which their capacity to provide useful services may be drastically reduced. Unsustainable agricultural practices have been pointed to as the chief causes of land degradation. Seventeen percent of the world’s soil has been ‘strongly degraded’ and areas of degradation are growing. Biodiversity is under pressure also as a result of human activities. The loss of biodiversity at a global level has been estimated to have exceeded by far what has been referred to as the planetary boundary for safe ‘operating space.
Sustainable Intensification in Organic agriculture
Organic agriculture as defined by IFOAM relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions based on agro-ecological approaches holds the potential for a substantial contribution to sustainable global food production. Intensification in organic agriculture means intensifying the beneficial effects of ecosystem functions, including soil fertility and biodiversity, and using the biological elements of the eco-systems in a structured, organized and more efficient way, so-called eco-functional intensification. Organic agriculture is one of the best developed multifunctional production strategies in agriculture, however, most often with a lower productivity than high input conventional agriculture. Therefore, eco-functional intensification with improved nutrient cycling techniques and agro-ecological methods for enhancing diversity and health of soils, crops and live-stock is a priority for organic research.

Conference presentations


Some of the conference presentations are available below


Read also the post Maria Gaura of OFRF did on professor Heikki Hokkanens talk at the OECD conference:

Researcher Enlists Honeybees as “Flying Doctors” Against Crop Disease


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Welcome/Opening Session

The OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)
Dr. Hans-Joachim Weigel OECD-CRP SAB member

Presentation of USDA NIFA: Organic Agriculture Funding & Priorities in the U.S.

Dr. Mathieu Ngouajio

The International Centre for Research in Organic Food System (ICROFS) of Denmark.

Dr. Louise Jackson, UC-Davis, Member of ICROFS International Board


Global Perspectives of Organic Food Systems, Sustainable Production and Ecosystems Services
Eco- functional intensification and food security: Synergy or Compromise?
Niels Halberg, International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems, Denmark
Long-Term Organic Comparisons in the U.S.
Kathleen Delate, Depts. of Horticulture and Agronomy, Iowa State University
The role of livestock in eco-functional intensification of organic agriculture
Mette Vaarst, Institute of Animal Sciences University of Aarhus

Opportunities for Meeting Ecosystem Services Challenges with Organic Farming

Designing organic cropping systems for improved nutrient cycling and soil health

Prof. Derek Lynch, Dalhousie University, Canada

Soil health and related eco-system services in organic agriculture.

Prof. Lynette Abbott, University of Western Australia, Australia

Optimizing Cropping Techniques for Nutrient and Environmental Management in Organic Agriculture

Prof. Ulrich Köpke, University of Bonn, Germanyt

Organic No-Till with Roller/Crimpers: Agroecosystem Services and Practical Applications

Dr. Stefano Canali, Agricultural Research Council, The Research Centre for the Soil-Plant System (CRA-RSP), Italy

Managing bees for delivering biological control agents and improved pollination in berry and fruit cultivations

Prof. Heikki Hokkanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Cover crops: Opportunities and challenges to realizing ecosystem services in organic agriculture

Dr. Steven Mirsky, USDA-ARS, USA

Water Quality in Organic Systems

Dr. Cynthia Cambardella, USDA-ARS, USA

Functional biodiversity in organic systems: the way forward?

Prof. Paolo Barberi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy

Are organic farm input restrictions sufficient to secure ecosystem services? Lessons from New Zealand’s ARGOS and Sustainability
Dashboard project

Prof. Henrik Moller, University of Otago, New Zealand

Research and Innovation Challenges in Organic Production for Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Services

From organic to agro-ecosystem research – a challenge

Prof. Urs Niggli, Director, FIBL, Switzerland

Supporting innovation in organic agriculture: A European perspective?

Dr. Susanne Padel, the Organic Research Centre (ORC), Elm Farm,

United Kingdom

Enhanced yields in organic crop production - a role for crop diversification in ecofunctional intensification?

Prof. Erik Steen Jensen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Keeping the organic system learning: the role of organic farmers’ experiments

Prof. Christian R. Vogl - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Meeting top challenges of producers – innovations in organic research and policy

Dr. Catherine Greene - Economic Research Service, USDA

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Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.





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