Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region

Organic Agriculture May 20, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

eOrganic author:

Jim Riddle, The Ceres Trust

The Ceres Trust reseased a new report, Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The report includes state-specific details about current and past organic research, student organic farms, certified organic research land and animals, sources of organic research funding, dissemination of organic research results through field days and peer-reviewed journals, organic education efforts of nonprofit organizations, and other relevant information.

The report contains brief descriptions of recent and current organic research projects, peer-reviewed papers, and extension publications, dating back to 2002 when US National Organic Program (NOP) regulations took effect. In addition, the report lists key contact people and describes academic courses, degree programs, and hands-on learning opportunities, such as student organic farms. One can find active links to university organic and sustainable agriculture websites and publications, as well as the number of acres and animals used for organic research. An attached Appendix includes the primary author’s observations and comments.

The Ceres Trust funds organic research projects and graduate student research in the North Central Region. The new report is posted on The Ceres Trust website at http:// The Ceres Trust plans to update the report annually.

Link to the report: Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region

For more information, contact Jim Riddle, primary author at:

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.