Research Experience

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Organic agriculture is one of the research emphasis areas at the Plant Science Research Center. Located on the Alabama University Campus, the Center is one of three research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that have certified organic research plots and that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on organic production of tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes in organic systems. The Center is one of three organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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The E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit is a certified organic vegetable production area where research emphasis areas include certified organic vegetable production and sustainable agriculture. The Unit is one of three organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program supports graduate student research into "agriculture, food systems and their interactions with the environment and society."

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The Snyder Research and Extension Farm is the Rutgers University Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The Snyder Farm offers land [including certified organic], research and other services to Rutgers faculty studying sustainable agricultural production techniques.

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The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) creates "multidisciplinary research and education or training projects" that focus on how "integrated farming systems can contribute to environmental, economic, social, and intergenerational sustainability."

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"Land in the Organic Research Unit is available to all researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University to conduct short-term research projects." "CEFS faculty, in their work to support sustainable agriculture and local food systems, conduct research and provide demonstrations of organic production practices at the Organic Research Unit, the Small Farm Unit, and the long-term Farming Systems Research Unit. One hundred and six acres of the 2,000-acre research station are currently certified organic."

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University of Georgia's 90-acre Horticulture Research Farm includes a two-acre, certified organic production area in support of the Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture.

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Cornell University manages seven research farms, orchards, greenhouses, and other facilities dedicated to organic research. Research programs focus on: organic vegetable production; weed and crop management, organic production systems and breeding and variety testing; organic grain trials; pest management; vegetable pest and crop management systems; organic greenhouse production; organic grape production; and organic apple production.

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Research in organic topics, leading to a graduate degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), is available in Dr. Delate's lab. Experiment station and on-farm organic agricultural research, Extension activities, bulletins, field days, and training.

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The Leopold Center's work focuses on "ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems)." The Center was established to "identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources."

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The KSU Research and Demonstration Farm is a 300-acre farm that "offers students opportunities to conduct research and demonstration projects related to sustainable agriculture, livestock production, horticulture, bioenergy and other land-based studies. The farm includes 11 acres of certified organic land."

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The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. Two current projects include the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project and the ongoing 100-year study referred to as Long Term Research in Agricultural Sustainability (LTRAS).

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's sustainable agriculture research facility and is available for Cooperative Extension Service programs and teaching projects. The University's student-run community-supported agriculture program operates on the farm.

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The Matanuska Experiment Farm at the University of Alaska is part of the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. It "provides a site in Southcentral Alaska for research in sustainable agriculture, land reclamation and other environmental issues" for students pursuing a Natural Resources Management (B.S.).

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The 90-acre Organic Crops Unit, one of six farming units that make up the East Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center, includes 14 acres certified organic and 7 acres under conventional production. The farms support faculty and graduate student research, with a primary emphasis on sustainable and organic crop production.

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Ohio State University organic farming research initiatives and outreach are coordinated through the OFFER program. OFFER's land resources include land on three farms near Wooster and at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research Site in northwestern Ohio.

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The Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), a 20-acre USDA-certified organic farm and research facility, is available for organic vegetable production, the student community supported agriculture program, Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAG) student apprenticeships, teaching resources and courses for the SAG curriculum, and faculty and student research in sustainable organic horticultural production systems. OFREU also serves as a venue for labs and hands-on learning.

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The Organic Ecology Program explores agricultural alternatives and the science of organic systems. Researchers from the University of Minnesota's Research and Outreach Centers, faculty from the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, and University of Minnesota Extension Service educators contribute to the program with research projects and outreach activities.

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The Organic Dairy Research Farm, managed as an agro-ecosystem, focuses on research in both organic and conventional farm operations. The organic dairy operation, the first of its kind in a land grant institution, "is intended for exploration of "value-added opportunities for our regional dairy producers."

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The Organic Agriculture Working Group brings "together Kentucky State University researchers, teachers, and extension staff whose work relates to organic agriculture."

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"Three research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system have certified organic research plots and focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit is a certified organic vegetable production area where research emphasis areas include certified organic vegetable production and sustainable agriculture. Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on no-till production of tomatoes and peppers in organic systems. The Plant Science Research Center on the Auburn University campus also conducts research in organic production."

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M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose research programs emphasize agroecology, sustainable agriculture, soils, sustainable development, and restoration ecology.

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"Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experience, community projects, field trips to local farms and markets and focused research projects conducted at CEFS' 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro, NC. "

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