Disease management in organic crops webinar

Organic farming has significantly increased in importance in recent decades. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, disease management in organic farming is largely based on the maintenance of biological diversity and soil health by balanced crop rotations, including nitrogen-fixing and cover crops, intercrops, additions of manure and compost, and reductions in soil tillage.

“Disease management in organic cropping systems is a serious challenge because of the rigorous restrictions that are in force; besides, management methods can vary depending on climate and topography,” explains James Theuri, a University of Illinois Extension local foods systems/small farms educator. Continue reading

Webinar on 2017 OREI and ORG Request for Applications

USDA will host a webinar on Thursday November 17, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs:

2017 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI): $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due January 19, 2017.   Continue reading

Webinar on 2016 OREI and ORG Request for Applications

USDA will host a webinar on Thursday February 11, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs:

  • Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI): $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due March 10, 2016.
  • Organic Transitions (ORG): $3.8 million available to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. Applications are due April 15, 2016.

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Weed Management Research Webinar Next Tuesday

Join eOrganic on Tuesday, November 13 for the first webinar of our 2012-13 season! All webinars are free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

Register now at http://www.extension.org/pages/65534

Can we talk? Improving Weed Management Communication between Organic Farmers and Extension. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). In this webinar, directed at Extension, government agency staff and researchers, Sarah Zwickle of the Ohio State University and Marleen Riemens of Wageningen University in the Netherlands will discuss their research on organic farmers’ weed management beliefs, perceptions and behaviors, and how it can contribute to research and extension efforts with organic farmers.

Register at http://www.extension.org/pages/65534

Find more upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242