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Registration is open for a series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops,in Lamberton, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN, organized by the Principles for Transitioning to Organic Farming project.These FREE, one-day workshops are for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and farmers currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops will be primarily directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome. Download a flyer for more information about the workshops here. Space is limited for these workshops. Registration is required by November 22. Register by Clicking Here. For more information, please contact Constance Carlson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 612-301-1678.
Building on the information and feedback from last year’s workshops, 2016 topics include business plan development and marketing, understanding soil microbes, weed biology, and mechanical weed management. Experienced organic farmer, Carmen Fernholz, will be returning to present and field questions. Our team from the University of Minnesota – Kristine Moncada, Adria Fernandez, Gigi Digiacomo and Constance Carlson – will join him as presenters. The Transitioning to Organic workshops are designed to reduce confusion, answer questions, and most importantly, provide guidance for navigating the process of transitioning to organic production.
Members of the Organic Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila project, which is funded by NIFA OREI, recently updated their lists of host plants. You can also read updates from their ongoing multi-state research activities, for example a spray trial of 4 different treatments in Minnesota, and blog posts by project members Hannah Burrack and Lauren Diepenbrock of NCSU, who have been posting information on weekly trap counts, how to calibrate sprayers for use against SWD, and a summary of SWD infestation in blackberry canes in their region. Find the blog posts here and find all research updates for the Spotted Wing Drosophila project here: http://eorganic.info/node/12848
Recently, we hosted a webinar on cucurbit viruses that are transmitted by aphids, by John Murphy of Auburn University (find the recording here). We'll be presenting 2 more webinars on cucurbit pests and diseases this coming winter, and you can register at the links below.
Thanks to Our Volunteers! eOrganic relies on a core of volunteers to conduct blind peer reviews of our articles and other content, staff conference and event exhibits, and compose important content of interest to the organic farming community – we greatly appreciate all of you who have volunteered your time and expertise! A special thank you goes to Andrew Sandeen, PennState Extension educator, for his time for reviewing our eOrganic dairy course, On the Ground: A Closer Look at Organic Dairy Pasture, Forages, and Soils. If you have an interest in helping us with peer review of this course or other content, let us know. We are currently also recruiting volunteers to help staff eOrganic exhibit at several winter conferences including: MOSES 2017: Feb. 23-25, La Crosse, WI. Contact Debra Heleba at Debra.Heleba@uvm.edu.
These are just some of the manyconferences happening this winter that provide learning opportunities about organic farming reserach and practices--and the chance to connect with others.
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