Beginning with early organic research
in the 1970s, WSU had been an active participant in the pursuit of information, tools, and organic solutions to agricultural production and sustainability challenges. CSANR bolstered this legacy by establishing an Organic Crop Research Grant Program
with funding from USDA between the years of 2002 – 2011, analyzing the trends of Washington state organic statistics
, and connecting the public to organic agriculture resources, information and experts. CSANR continues it’s investment in organic agriculture research through the BIOAg Grant Program
– which has expanded the eligible research activities to include livestock as well as biologically intensive strategies that are effective for both organic and conventionally managed farms and ranches.
More information on past organic research grants can be found in the CSANR Grants Database.
Ongoing WSU Organic research projects, activities and opportunities:
Introducing Organic Quinoa Production Systems in the Palouse
Organic Farming Footprints
The WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm
WSU Organic Agricultural Systems Major
Status of Organic Tree Fruit in Washington State 2012
Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers
Integrating Livestock into Dryland Organic Crop Rotations (recorded webinar)
2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium 2012
Reduced Tillage on Organic Farms Virtual Field Day
Additional organic agriculture publications can be found HERE.
David Granatstein, Doug Collins, Chad Kruger, Elizabeth Kirby, and Tara Zimmerman.
The CSANR Leadership Team is comprised of faculty representing a broad cross-section of sustainable agriculture at WSU. The Leadership Team has been instrumental in setting priorities and areas of focus in organic agriculture.