Innovative technologies for organic farming, 2007

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ASABE session 117 on Innovative technologies for organic farming, AIM June 18th 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Organizer: Hala Chaoui

About Innovative Technologies for Organic Farming
Organic farming requires excessive labor as an alternative to the chemical suppression of herbicides and certain pests. It also relies heavily on costly organic matter amendments. This limits organic farming adoption, which has ecological and economic advantages. Advanced technologies can be designed to enhance the driving principle behind organic practices. These principles are maintaining a high biological activity in the soil and eliminating non-target effects of pesticides and the side-effect of synthetic fertilizers (increased soil salinity, nutrient leaching and reduced soil biological activity).
The aim of this session is also to create a synergy between researchers from all over the world working on this same topic. Another aim is to allow for the end users and researchers to communicate, the end users being the industry and farming community members interested in organic farming. The session will have a special format; a discussion with a panel of farmers and industry members, followed by a 2-4 minutes long slide presentation by each researcher followed by a general poster session. This session is being held for the third year in a row.

Program of the 2007 ASABE Session 117, on Innovative Technologies for Organic Farming
1-hour panel discussion on the needs of organic growers, with the following panelists:
  • Jim Riddle. Trained organic inspectors and he has served on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force and on the National Organic Standards Board. He has a part-time University of Minnesota appointment coordinating some of their organic outreach work. Jim will discuss how organic requirements impact design and innovation, and on examples of emerging and needed technologies for crops and livestock.
  • Erin Silva. Organic Production Specialist at the Department of Agronomy, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin. Her discussion will focus on organic horticulture.
  • Carmen Fernholz. Pioneer in Organic Farming, since 1970. Owns a 400 acres on a diversified crop and livestock farm, and has a part-time position with the University of Minnesota coordinating some of their organic research. Carmen will focus on the needs of organic agronomic crop producers.

1-slide presentations, followed by a poster session
  • Manure Slurry-Enriched Seeding of Cover Crops by Timothy Harrigan from Michigan State University
  • Hortibot: Feasibility study of a plant nursing robot performing weeding operations – part V by Senior scientist, Aarhus University, Dept of Agricultural Engineering, Research Centre Bygholm.
  • Compost Use Index for California Agriculture by David Crohn, Associate Professor of Biosystems Engineering in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Riverside.
  • FeederAnt: An autonomous mobile unit feeding outdoor pigs by Rasmus Jørgensen from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Engineering.
  • Online Platform for Innovations in Organic Farming by Hala Chaoui, postdoc at Penn State University.