Organic Agriculture and Farming Systems

First organic undergradate major, Julie Sullivan washing carrots at the organic farm.Even before the official USDA definition and certification of organic agriculture in 2002, the market for organic foods was expanding. In the past decade, organic production and sales have grown between 10 and 20 percent annually.

Washington State University scientists lead the nation in researching the environmental benefits and economic vitality of organic farming. To help this burgeoning industry meet the demand for organic food, researchers at WSU are developing better techniques for producing and using natural and biological plant nutrients and management techniques. Their work helps farmers to create their own unique sustainable systems.


BIOAg Coordinator
Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

BIOAg (Biologically- Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming) for Sustainability

Scientist and Extension Specialist
Craig G. Cogger

Closing the Organic Recycling Loop

Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology
John Reganold

Addressing the Sustainability of Agriculture

Assistant Professor
Kevin Murphy


WSU Organic Ag Education and Research

Scores a Perfect 8

Reserch news

A recent assessment of educational and research programs in organic agriculture in the U.S. puts WSU in the top six schools in the nation. In fact, WSU outranks every other program in the country, because WSU is still the only university to offer a four-year, science-based Bachelor of Science degree in organic agriculture. WSU’s program is hands-on and draws on decades of faculty research and educational leadership to give students a solid grounding in the science and business of organic and sustainable food production. WSU is also one of the few universities in the world to offer online and, through various departments, graduate programs in organic and sustainable agriculture. Read more



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WSU and Organic Agriculture

Pioneering Farms of the Future, a must read.

WSU Organics Pioneer Says Blend of Ag Systems Will Feed the World

May 10, 2012

PULLMAN, Wash. – No single agricultural system will be enough to feed the planet, according to Washington State University organics pioneer John Reganold in an article published in Nature magazine today. Rather, he says, it will take a blend of systems. Read more.

WSU Announces $5 Million Investment to Support Organic Ag, Model Farm

April 20, 2012

SEATTLE – Washington State University took another giant step in becoming the world’s model for research, teaching and extension in organic and sustainable agriculture thanks to a $5 million donor investment announced here this afternoon. Read more.

Helping Sustain Agriculture in Africa

WSU scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs is working with an international group of scientists to help find bean varieties and microbial inoculates that will improve yields on the ancient soils that farms in many parts of Africa must contend with. Dr. Carpenter-Boggs took a Flip camera to Africa and shot some wonderful footage of farms, people and animals. [video]

Five score and more organic acres

To be a leader in organic agricultural research and education, it’s necessary to have appropriate facilities. WSU is leading the way with more than 100 acres of organic land at six facilities throughout the state. Read more.

Regents Professor John Reganold featured on NPR

Is Organically Produced Food More Nutritious?

Reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers write that organically grown strawberries contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than conventional berries. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the findings, and whether the differences would have any meaningful impact on Americans’ health. Read more and listen.