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Organic Confluences Summit
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.
This second annual conference, organized by The Organic Center, will be held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C.