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Advancing Sustainable Communities:
People, pollinators and practices

The 32nd National Pesticide Forum
April 11-12, 2014
Portland, Oregon

This year's 32nd National Pesticide Forum will be held at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University.

The Forum provides an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, and policy makers to interact and strategize on solutions that are protective of health and the environment. Keynote presentations, workshops, and plenary panels will focus on solutions to the decline of pollinators and other beneficials; strengthening organic agriculture; improving farmworker protection and agricultural justice; and creating healthy buildings, schools and homes. By working with a range environmental, health, consumer, and farm organizations, we expect to bring together a diverse crowd in order to share our efforts to build local, state and national strategies for strength, growth and health—in line with our conference theme, Advancing Sustainable Communities.

Registration is Now Open!

Registration fee includes access to all forum sessions, including workshops and tour (separate RSVP is required for tour!). Take a look at the full program! If our program isn't enough to entice you, come for the food! Organic food and beverages will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday, and we will have organic hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine for receptions on Friday and Saturday night.

  • General Admission/Non-Members: $75 (includes 1-year membership and 100% organic tote-bag);
  • Members/Grassroots Activist Rate: $45;
  • Students (with current ID): $25;
  • Business Rate: $175 (includes 1-year subscription to Pesticides and You).

Register online today or call 202-543-5450 to register by phone. Walk-in registration begins at 5:00 pm, although we encourage you to sign up in advance to ensure an adequate amount of food is ordered.

Local information: Click here for information on lodging, and here for information on parking and directions to the conference location.

Speaker Spotlight

Fred Kirschenmann, PhD, is a longtime leader in sustainable agriculture. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. An author, fellow and soil scientist, he also provides management over his family’s 2600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.

Dr. Kirschenmann was recently named as one of the first ten James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards which recognizes visionaries in creating more healthful, more sustainable, and safer food systems. His book of essays which track the development of his thought over the past 30 years, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays by a Farmer Philosopher, will be available for sale at the forum. Register online now!

Check back as we highlight other notable speakers, including:

  • "Maverick" Scientist Michael Skinner, Ph.D., author of the landmark study that links exposure to DDT with multi-generational effects, ultimately contributing to obesity three generations down the line;
  • World-renowned environmental toxicologist, Pierre Mineau, PhD;
  • George Kimbrell, who is leading litigation on neonicotinoids and honey bees as well as the deregulation of genetically engineered food;
  • Goat herder Lani Malmberg, who uses her heard of over 2,000 goats to manage invasive plants and land organically;
  • Lead author of American Academy of Pediatrics' landmark policy statement and report on the effects of pesticide exposure in children, James Roberts, MD;
  • Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for The Xerces Society;
  • and so much more! For a full list of speakers at this year's Forum, click here.


The conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Co-sponsors include Beyond Toxics, Center for Food Safety, John A. Green MD III-The EverGreen Center, Healthy Bees=Healthy Gardens, Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers, Oregon Tilth, The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), Pestcide Action Network, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste), Portland Urban Beekeepers, University of Portland's Environmental Studies Department, and The Xerces Society. If your group is interested in co-sponsoring the forum please feel free to email us.

Videos from the 31st National Pesticide Forum last year in Albuquerque, NM are available to watch on our YouTube Channel. For more information, including the speaker line up and schedule of events from last year's conference, click here.

THANK YOU! The generosity of our sponsors helps make conferences a great event year after year. The sponsors listed below contributed to the 32nd National Pesticide Forum scholarship fund, making it possible for people from around the country to participate in one of the most important grassroots pesticide meetings of the year. Learn more about becoming a sponsor. Click on the logos for more information.