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Ideas on organic agriculture sought, shared at UW-Madison Harvest of Ideas forum
by Brooke Bechen, Regional Editor

Leader-Telegram    Translate This Article
12 November 2018

On 12 November 2018 Leader-Telegram reported: For Kate VandenBosch, dean of UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, holding an event like the Harvest of Ideas comes back to the Wisconsin Idea, which signifies a general principle that education should extend beyond the classroom. The October 31 event, a forum that brought together people from around the globe to explore organic agriculture and how the University of Wisconsin can best contribute to the advancement of organic agriculture, also served as a venue to share ideas and create more cooperative solutions world-wide. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and education, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... Resilience -- it's a concept being sought in all agricultural systems, said Julie Dawson, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison. But when it comes to organics, it's an even more interesting system to study resilience in as scientists look at natural systems as models for organic agriculture.

Participatory research is good for resilience, she continued, sharing a bit about two research programs she has recently been involved in. The first research program she spoke about took her to Europe, where farmers and researchers were interested in conserving genetic diversity of historic varieties of organic wheat.

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