Organic Research for the Non-Researcher

Session I: 10:00am - 12:00pm

A roundtable discussion, farmers will share challenges, benefits, and results; researchers will contribute their experience; and, the group will discuss ways to strengthen the practice and grow the impact of collaborative organic research. Core topics will include on-farm research trials, production integration of research tasks, research results implementation, and needs for successful farmer-researcher partnerships.

Speakers: Ben Bowell, Oregon Tilth; Doug Collins, Washington State University; Aaron Heinrich, Oregon State University

Speaker Bios

Ben Bowell (Moderator) is an Organic Education Specialist for Oregon Tilth.  Through his joint position with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service/NRCS, he provides technical assistance, delivers trainings, and develops technical resources for use by NRCS staff, agricultural professionals, and producers in order to better support conservation work on organic farms. 


Doug Collins is an Extension Faculty and Soil Scientist with WSU’s Food Systems Program. Doug has a Ph.D. in soil science from Washington State University and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Montana State University. He focuses on managing and monitoring soil fertility on diverse organic vegetable farms and evaluating soil quality in different vegetable cropping systems - including organic reduced tillage. Doug is also interested in soil variability across landscapes and biological indicators of soil quality.

Aaron Heinrich has a masters degree in soil science from UC Davis and has spent a decade conducting agricultural research for UC Cooperative Extension and OSU, primarily with vegetables and orchard crops. He has recently taken a job in the private sector conducting ag research.