LINCOLN, NE: To encourage study and research in the area of organic agriculture, the Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) awards annual scholarships to graduate students of post-secondary institutions who are studying organic and sustainable agriculture. Congratulations to Kristen Podolsky, from the University of Manitoba, who was chosen to receive the $1,000 Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations to Aabir Dey, from York University in Ontario, who was chosen to receive the $1,000 Non-GMO Scholarship.
Kristen Podolsky’s project entitled, “Comparing reduced tillage implements for termination of cover crops,” will investigate novel implements (noble blade, blade roller and flail mower) for use in terminating green manure cover crops and for weed control in organic crop production systems with the goal of reducing tillage. Thus, Kristen will be evaluating the effects of green manure cover crop termination method on spring surface residue, weed density, soil nitrogen, soil microclimate and subsequent crop yield.
The Victor Chrapko Non-GMO Scholarship supports education and/or research projects with a focus on determining the environmental, health, and/or social impacts of non-GEOs (Genetically Engineered Organisms) related to plants and/or animals in the environment and/or food system. The major focus of Aabir Dey’s research will be to develop an integrative theoretical framework of the role that co-operatives can play in facilitating agro-ecological seed systems, and then to develop a pre-feasibility study or a preliminary business plan for a regional agro-ecological seed production co-operative in Southwestern Ontario.
OCIA R&E would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2012 scholarships. Final reports detailing the research conducted by each student will be posted on our website later this year. For more information, please contact Angie Tunink, Executive Director of OCIA Research and Education, at
or visit us online at www.ociaresearchandeducation.org.