Harvest of Ideas – Two Day Organic Visioning Forum!

variety of raw vegetablesJoin us for the 11th Farmer Tribute Dinner
Tuesday. October. 30 – Wednesday, October. 31, UW-Madison Institute of Discovery (30 N. Orchard St.)

Join us to explore how education, research, and outreach on organic agriculture can support Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural landscape and resources, strengthen rural communities and economies, and connect organic agriculture from producer to plate. This event seeks to determine how the University of Wisconsin can best contribute to the advance of organic agriculture locally, nationally, and globally through education, research and outreach activities.

Tues. Oct. 30th 6:00 pm Opening Address by Dr. Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, followed by an interactive reception.

Wed. Oct. 31st 8:00 am Opening Remarks by Kate VanderBosch, Dean, UW-Madison CALS; followed by a series of panel discussions:

8:15 – 9:15 am Organic Science Panel with Julie Dawson, UW Horticulture Dept.; Dave Mortensen, Univ. of NH, Professor of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems; and Maria Finckh, Univ. of Kassel, Germany, Organic Plant Protection Dept.
9:45 – 10:45 am Organic Consumer, Marketing and Economics Panel with Matthew Dillon, director of agricultural policy and programs, Clif Bar; Alfonso Morales, UW Urban & Regional Planning Dept.; Mary Hendrickson, Univ. of Missouri, Rural Sociology Dept.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Organic Education and Extension Panel with Erin Silva, UW, State Extension Specialist in Organic Agriculture; Carol Miles, Washington State Univ., Horticulture Dept.; and Brad Heins, Univ. of MN-Morris, Dairy-Animal Science Dept.

12:45-1:00 pm Concluding Remarks

Event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by Oct. 26th. For more info and to register, visit: https://wiscore.wiscweb.wisc.edu/harvest-of-ideas/registration/