Sneak Peek: August VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Organic, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Organically grown produce is climbing in popularity in the United States. The August issue of VSCNews magazine will give growers the information they need to help their organic farm thrive or to convert to organic growing. For growers looking toward growing organically, AgNet Media’s Ernie Neff and Abbey Taylor explore what it takes to become organically certified by the U.S. …

Organic Summit Registration Is Open

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

Registration for the second annual Organic Food and Farming Summit is now open! Presented by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), the summit aims to educate organic and conventional growers alike on organic production methods. Similar to last year, the summit will consist of food and farming tours, a trade show, and short- and long-form educational seminars. The first day of the …

Using Plants to Fend Off Pests

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Trap-cropping is an organic method to combat pests that has been tested with several different crops in Alabama. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has recently been testing different trap crops in yellow squash. Last year, he studied sorghum and sunflower to combat leaffooted bugs and stink bugs in vegetable systems. This year, he is …

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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. …