Between 2010 – 2016, Ceres Trust provided grants to graduate students doing research on an organic topics. These grants were open to students in the North Central Region of the United States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  These students were encouraged to: develop professional relationships with other organic researchers and graduate students, and organic farmers; attend and participate in university and farm field days; and to give presentations and poster sessions on their organic research at various seminars, research forums and organic conferences.

Organic Research and Outreach Report

To document the status of organic agriculture research and education in the Midwest, the Ceres Trust released the report, Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region, May 2013 to February 2015. This report contains state-specific details about current and past organic research, student organic farms, certified organic research land and animals, sources of organic research funding, dissemination of organic research results through field days, seminars, and publications, and more. The report provides brief descriptions of organic research projects, peer-reviewed papers and extension publications, dating back to 2002 when US National Organic Program (NOP) regulations took effect. In addition, the report lists key contact people and describes academic courses, degree programs, and hands-on learning opportunities.