55 Recordings from the International Organic Fruit Research Symposium are now available

eOrganic, eXtension.org’s Organic Agriculture community of practice, conducted live broadcasts from the the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium in Leavenworth, Washington on June 19 and 21, 2012. Fifty-five recorded presentations from the symposium on a wide range of organic fruit production and research topics are now available for viewing at http://www.extension.org/pages/64359. These presentations will be of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to learn the latest developments in the worldwide organic fruit supply chain.

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North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas researchers receive organic agriculture grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $19 million to research and extension programs to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. About $4 million of that will go to researchers in the Southern region.

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Arkansas site addresses invasive pests

From Delta Farm Press:

Invasive pests cost the United States an estimated $130 billion in damage and preventative measures every year, and information is the best defense.

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center has just launched a website, www.ARInvasives.org, dedicated to managing these destructive pests of our forests.

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Farming Practices 101: Conventional, IPM, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic, Part 1

News stories about the University of Copenhagen study on the nutritional value of organic foods may have left many people confused about what the difference really is between food grown “conventionally” or “organically” and if the increased price for organic food is really worth it. Although most people in the general public probably recognize the terms “conventional” and “organic” for agriculture, there are two other major terms that apply to agricultural practices: “integrated pest management” and “sustainable agriculture.”

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