The Organic Center Hosts Annual Board Retreat
Board of Trustees meets at University of California, Davis

The Organic Center's Board tours Sierra Orchards Walnut Farm with owner Craig McNamara (far left).

The Organic Center hosted its annual Board Retreat at the University of California-Davis this past week. Trustees discussed strategic planning for the organization, celebrated successes from the past year, and were briefed on the latest results from collaborative research projects with scientists from UC-Davis and Emory University. The Center has experienced unprecedented success in leveraging industry dollars to gain major funding for research projects of great importance to organic stakeholders. The Board is focused on continuing to support and grow The Center as an invaluable connection point between the organic community, scientists, and research dollars, and remains more committed than ever to facilitating and disseminating credible science on the benefits of organic food and farming. 
Meeting the Needs of the Organic Community
University of California-Davis researchers Drs. Michele Jay-Russell and Alda Pires and discussed their collaborative project with The Organic Center and other research institutions that recently received $2 million in funding from USDA-NIFA’s Organic Research and Education Initiative (OREI) with The Center’s Board. This collaboration, which was initiated by The Center in response to needs from the organic community, will: 
  1. Develop a risk analysis of on-farm practices associated with persistence of pathogens on organic farms using manure-based soil amendments in diverse U.S. cropping systems
  2. Determine the relationship between soil health and pathogen survival in organically managed produce fields amended with raw animal manure
  3. Develop a comprehensive outreach program to provide technical and systems-based produce food safety training.

Briefing on Preliminary Research Results 
The Board of Trustees was briefed by Dr. Jean Welch of Emory University on preliminary results comparing the presence of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in retail samples of organic and conventional milk. Preliminary results from a study comparing retail samples of organic vs conventionally produced milk show that several production-related chemicals are higher in conventional milk. The results of this study are expected to be finalized and published in the coming months. Trustees were excited by the results and their potential to help leverage large-scale research funding.
Reserve Your Spot Now: The Organic Center Annual Benefit Dinner
Meet old friends and make new ones, be inspired and entertained, and enjoy a fantastic organic meal—all in support of The Organic Center. The Organic Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Dinner will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West. You can count on a thought-provoking program highlighting what science says about the benefits of organic. Returning chef Matthew Raiford is planning a menu that will delight your senses. With over 600 attendees expected, you are sure to connect with colleagues and organic industry leaders. Learn about The Center’s important work to facilitate research and communicate credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming. Contact Amy Bovaird now to become a Sponsor or to reserve a VIP Table. Individual tickets will go on sale in January.

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