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Critical Organic Insecticides

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Auburn University Extension entomologist Ayanava Majumdar says for organic growers, the use of organic insecticides can make or break a production system. “Organic insecticides are critical for organic producers; we shouldn’t forget about them,” Majumdar says. Southeastern weather conditions are among the most unique in the nation, making pests a year-round issue. For starters, the southeast has heat, humidity and …

Bill Seeks Tighter Scrutiny of Organic Products

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Organic, Top Posts

By Brian German Congress will be reviewing legislation that would establish greater oversight for organic products.  The bill, known as the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. John J. Faso (R-NY) and has 33 House cosponsors. The bill aims to update organic import documentation with new technology and create stricter enforcement of organic products coming into …

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Integrated Pest Management for Spotted Wing Drosophila

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative allows researchers in many parts of the United States to help find organic management strategies for devastating pests in their area. Ashfaq Sial, assistant professor at the University of Georgia, said he is using this initiative to research the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), …

Managing Diamondback Moth Organically

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Diamondback moth is a devastating pest that feeds on virtually all cruciferous vegetable crops, including broccoli, kale and cabbage. Oscar Liburd, a professor in the entomology department at the University of Florida, is working to find organic management methods for diamondback moth in cabbage. Liburd says he chose to work on diamondback moth because it has been a major pest …


FOG Discusses 2017 NOSB Recommendations

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Organic growers across the Southeast have different opinions on the latest recommendations for what should be considered organic, issued by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB, made up of 15 industry leaders, recommended that hydroponics and aquaponics be considered organic at a 2017 meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The NOSB’s recommendations are considered for the USDA’s organic certification rules. …

Clemson Brings Sustainable Ag to the Southeast

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Clemson University created the Sustainable Agriculture Program as an Extension outreach program to help inform and educate students, farmers and other industry professionals about sustainable ag. Geoffrey Zehnder, professor of entomology and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Program, said the program helps provide information to those who need it and want to learn more. According to the U.S. Department of …

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Soilless Production Falls Under Organic Certification

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Industry News Release, Organic

By Brian German A group of proposals aimed at banning soilless production from being eligible for organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was recently voted down by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The decision came after several groups in the organic community participated in significant lobbying efforts urging the NOSB to reject organic certification for soilless …

Organic Farm Tours Benefit Growers

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) recently held a farm tour at Allison Acres Organic Blueberry Farm in Pinetta. FOG hosts many tours like this throughout the year for several different reasons. Tyler Nesbit, FOG’s education and outreach coordinator, believes hosting these events is extremely beneficial for all growers, whether they are certified organic or looking to transition. Nesbit says that even …