Contaminated organic insecticides recall notice

Below is a link to a fact sheet from Arizona State that provides info on four neem-based organic insecticide formulations that were contaminated with synthetic ingredients. Certified organic growers particularly should be aware that using these might result in loss of organic integrity. A recall has been issued so hopefully the contaminated products can be removed and replaced soon with unadulterated formulations.

Adulterated azadirachtin products

Forest Farming Intensive for all levels

Organic Growers School, in partnership with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition and Warren Wilson College, is pleased to host a two-day Forest Farming Intensive for farmers, and forest landowners of all skill levels in Appalachia and beyond who are interesting in starting, expanding, or diversifying a forest farming operation. The event will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC on September 30th & October 1st, 2017. Continue reading

Elemental sulfur linked to breathing problems

in Morning AgClips

Elemental sulfur, the most heavily-used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide, according to new research led by UC Berkeley.

In a study of children in the agricultural community of Salinas Valley, California, researchers found significant associations between elemental sulfur use and poorer respiratory health. The study linked reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from recent elemental sulfur applications compared to unexposed children. Continue reading

“Locally grown,” “natural,” “organic” — what the terms mean at farmers’ markets

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

While the popularity of farmers markets has grown, there is still a lot of misunderstanding about what certain terms mean and what is allowed to be sold there, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist.

“A lot of the terms used to describe foods are subject to misinterpretation and definitions may vary,” said Rebecca Dittmar, AgriLife Extension program specialist for food protection management based in Kerrville. Continue reading

USDA scientist discovers nature-based pesticide that kills SWD

In USDA ARS news

A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests like the spotted wing drosophila fly (SWD) and the brown marmorated stink bug.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Aijun Zhang discovered the fragrant chemical methyl benzoate, which is also a popular ingredient approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in foods, cosmetics and shampoo, can kill these insects and others. Continue reading

UGA’s annual Organic Farm Twilight Tour slated for June 29

By Merritt Melancon

In its sixth year, UGA’s Organic Farm Twilight Tour is a chance to stroll around UGA’s 90-acre organic research and horticulture farm and learn about the latest in organic growing methods.

The tour will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Durham Horticulture Farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia. Continue reading

Considerations for Transitioning Perennial Production to Organic

Join this webinar to learn about the specifics of transitioning perennial production systems to organic. Learn more…

Presenter(s):

  • David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA

Session Details: Apr 4, 2017 3:00 pm US/Eastern     Duration: 01:0)     Export Event to Calendar Continue reading