Dr. Kristine Lang and Dr. Carl Rosier
Approximately 26 million acres of land in Iowa is dedicated to conventional agriculture compared to 81,000 acres (0.3%) acres that are certified as USDA organic. Conventional agriculture typically relies heavily on inputs of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, potentially reducing soil biodiversity and negatively affecting ecosystem services including carbon fixation, nutrient cycling and water quality. However, regenerative organic farming is thought to contribute to a more diverse and stable soil food web, increasing soil carbon and nutrient storage, while mitigating many environmental issues and combating climate change.
The mission of the Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center (RI MOC) in Marion, IA is twofold: i) conduct fundamental and applied research of farm management decisions which improve soil organic matter accumulation, nutrient retention, and biodiversity, and ii) develop an outreach program that provides farmers with the information and technical support to improve soil health and farm profitability. Drs. Carl Rosier and Kristine Lang will present a brief history of Rodale Institute, highlight the formation of the RI MOC, discuss planned research projects for 2020, and provide an overview of ongoing outreach. This presentation will highlight ways that Coe College students and faculty can be involved in research and outreach projects at the RI MOC.
This event will be held in Cherry Auditorium in Peterson Hall.