October 2014

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Join Us For New Organic Farming Research Webinars

eOrganic is excited to announce our 5th season of webinars on organic farming and research! This season's program features many regional and national research groups and farmers working on organic weed and insect management, organic grain production, and organic plant breeding.  All webinars are free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Register for any of the webinars at the links below and check our schedule of upcoming and archived webinars regularly, because we'll be adding many more webinars and live conference broadcasts soon!

Upcoming Webinars Presenters Date

Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm

Jason Kaye, Dave Mortensen, Charlie White, Mitch Hunter, Jermaine Hinds, Jim LaChance, Penn State University October 14, 2014
Diversity by Design: Using Trap Crops to Control the Cruciferous Flea Beetle Joyce Parker, EPA November 11, 2014
Dehulling Ancient Grains Brian Baker;  Nigel Tudor, Weatherbury Farm; Elizabeth Dyck, OGRIN November 18, 2014
IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University; Ron Cave, University of Florida December 2, 2014
Managing Bad Stink Bugs with Good Stink Bugs Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University  January 22, 2015
Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato, Woodleaf Farm February 10, 2015
Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops Sam Wortman, University of Illinois; Frank Forcella, USDA-ARS; Sharon Clay and Daniel Humburg, University of South Dakota February 17, 2015
Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems David Crowder and Elias Bloom, Washington State University March 10, 2015

NOSB Seeks Comments on Organic Research Priorities and Inputs by October 7th

Public comments are being accepted through October 7, 2014 for the upcoming fall National Organic Standards Board meeting. At the meeting, board members will discuss substances that will be added or removed from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. They will also be discussing whether to forward a set of research priorities to the National Organic Program. Find the agenda here and read the meeting documents here.

To submit comments through October 7th, click this link and select "October 28-30, Louisville, KY" from the drop-down menu. That page contains a link to submit comments electronically, and it also has instructions for those who would like to register to submit comments in person, the deadline for which is also 11:59PM on October 7th. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard about how these proposals affect your farm business or organic farming research.

New Rule on Biodegradable Mulch Effective October 30, 2014

Effective October 30, 2014 is a new amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances on biodegradable biobased mulch film. This rule adds a new definition for biodegradable biobased mulch film that will be permitted in organic production that includes criteria and third-party standards for compostability, biodegradability, and biobased content. Read the rule, definitions and background information at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5109128

Food Safety Rule Update

The second public comment period for the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations on food producers and processors opened on September 29, 2014. This month, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will be posting information on the changes which were made to the rule, and instructions for submitting comments on their website. For more information and to sign up for updates, go to http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/overview-and-background/

New Wildlife Damage Control Handbook

A new handbook, Wildlife Damage Control for Organic Farmers describes non-chemical strategies for prevention and control of wildlife damage to gardens and crops. It covers ground squirrels, pocket gophers, voles, rabbits, woodchucks, deer, skunks, raccoons and coyotes, and there is also a general chapter on birds. The handbook was developed as part of a project funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Western SARE), and it's written by James E. Knight of Montana State University. Find it on the Montana State University Wildlife Damage Extension page at: http://animalrange.montana.edu/extension/wildlifeprevent.htm.

NOTE: Before applying any wildlife control product, be sure to read and understand the safety precautions and application restrictions, and make sure that the brand name product is listed in your Organic System Plan and approved by your certifier and check your state and local wildlife regulations. For more information see Can I Use this Input on my Organic Farm?

Job Announcements

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension seeks an Assistant Professor who will develop and deliver programs to 1) increase access to healthy and affordable food and 2) improve the dietary behavior and health outcomes of Vermonters. A Ph.D. in nutrition, food sciences, public health or a closely aligned area of science is required. Experience in applied research and outreach program development, and the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences are also required. Find out more at https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/12949

The Northeastern IPM Center Is Hiring a Program Evaluation Specialist (Extension Support Specialist II - Northeastern IPM Center, Ithaca, New York). The Program Evaluation Specialist will lead the evaluation and data collection activities of the Center, assist Directors and IPM state coordinators in developing and implementing project evaluations, and participate in the grant review process by providing evaluation support to potential grantees and reviewing the evaluation plans. For full description, see: https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10164/jobdetail.ftl?job=25634

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