The latest annual Confluences Conference in the United States brings together organic researchers, farmers, policy-makers, and industry to ensure that stakeholders are connected to scientific research results.

This year's annual Organic Confluences Conference was organized by the Organic Center and the United States Department of Agriculture on May 22-23, 2017 in Washington D.C., United States. It focused on ensuring that the pathways between organic stakeholders and research being done both on and off the farm are functioning effectively. As research on organic agriculture reaches an all-time high, it is more important than ever that there are clear lines of communication among diverse organic stakeholders to ensure that research needs are met and research results are effectively disseminated to–and used by—end users.

The conference included panels and case studies presented by thought leaders including farmers, scientists, industry members and key policymakers to assess the state of research communication and barriers that constrain diverse stakeholders from using research results and adopting new technologies. Following the presentations, conference participants engaged in conversations about barriers to the dissemination and adoption of scientific research findings in the organic sector, and recommendations for how to overcome those barriers.

Information from the presentations and discussions  are being used to create a White Paper addressing how to improve communication among groups in order to ensure that relevant research is being conducted, that results are being appropriately disseminated, and that
stakeholders have access to and are utilizing research results and technologies.

Meanwhile, The Organic Center has prepared a White Paper from discussions emanating from the 2016 Organic Confluences: A Summit to Turn Environmental Evidence into Policy Practice. Entitled "Outcomes from the 2016 Organic Confluences:
Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming," it can be downloaded heredownloaded here

More information about this year's Summit and The Organic Center is available on The Center's

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree: US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
addresses the audience about the importance of organic funding

Dr. Mathieu Ngouajio: Dr. Mathieu Ngouajio, of the United States
Department of Agriculture, speaks about organic programs within the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture

Robert Quinn: Robert Quinn discusses his experiences as a farmer
interested in organic research

Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,