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Organic Agriculture

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

Washington Annual Organic Production Reports

Featured Publications

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 in the publications library.


David Granatstein, Doug Collins, and Chad Kruger.

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.