In this issue
|Upcoming eOrganic Farming and Research Webinars|
|Feb 25, 2014 and Feb 27, 2014||2 Part Webinar Series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems||Ann-Marie Fortuna, North Dakota State University, Craig Cogger and Doug Collins, Washington State University Puyallup|
|March 4, 2014||Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms Webinar||Alex Stone, Oregon State University|
|March 13, 2014||Organic Blackberry Production Webinar||Bernadine Strik, Luis Valenzuela, Oregon State; David Bryla, USDA-ARS Corvallis, O|
|March 25, 2014||Breeding efforts and cover
crop choices for improved organic dry bean production systems in Michigan
|Erin Hill and Jim Heinig, Michigan State University|
Recordings of all eOrganic webinars and live conference broadcasts are available in our archive at http://www.extension.org/organic_production, and on the eOrganic YouTube channel. If you missed our live broadcast of selected presentations of the Organic Seed Growers Conference, you can find them on our YouTube channel as a playlist
Other organizations offering webinars on organic farming and research include the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is holding an organic farming webinar series in partnership with Oregon Tilth. Also, the Organic Thinking group, a multi-institutional weed management research project led by Douglas Doohan of Ohio State University has organized a series of webinars on organic weed management. Find out more about these programs and register at the links below:
Who Needs to Be Certified Organic
The NOP has released a new instruction on who needs to be certified organic to remind certifiers that organic agricultural products must be produced and handled exclusively at certified organic farms and handling operations to ensure organic integrity throughout the product's lifecycle. The new instruction can be found here: NOP 409: Who needs to be certified and Questions and Answers
Apply for Improved Crop Insurance by March 15
Federal crop insurance provides the risk management tools necessary for American farmers to protect themselves against unexpected difficult years. To better support the growing organic agriculture sector, USDA's Risk Management Agency has taken steps to offer more options for organic producers under the Federal crop insurance program for the 2014 crop year:
Deadline for Most Programs is March 15, 2014. The sales closing date is the last day to buy a new policy or change an existing policy's coverage level. For most crops, the sales closing date is March 15, 2014. View Deadlines in Your State
Subscribe to the NOP Organic Insider to stay current on NOP news and activities. To find out more about the NOP, go to the NOP Homepage, the Organic Literacy Initiative, and the Organic Agriculture Web Resource Center on the USDA website.
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