News – Organic Farmer
Published: September 6, 2019

A New Tool Makes it Easy for Organic Farmers to Follow the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation

By Jessica Shade | The Organic Center

The concept of healthy farms brings to mind fertile soils, clean water, and abundant wildlife. These amenities or ecosystem services were at one time taken for granted, but are now increasingly in the news and scientific literature, as we recognize that many are being degraded.   Biologically Diverse Agricultural Ecosystems...

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Published: August 30, 2019

Why Research Matters

By Vicki Lowell | Communications Manager, OFRF

Organic farming is a more knowledge- and science-based way of doing things. For example, you need to understand the lifecycles and biological interactions of pests and you need to know how soil works. It’s a completely different system than non-organic farming—that’s why research focused on organic is so critical.  ...

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Published: August 23, 2019

Organic Soil Disinfestation Methods-Soil Solarization and Biosolarization

By Timothy Jacobs | Graduate student
Ashraf Tubeileh | Assistant professor, Horticulture and Crop Science Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Soils are reservoirs for weeds, pathogens, and nematodes, which if left uncontrolled can devastate crop yields. If pathogen, nematode, or weed levels rise to economically damaging levels it becomes necessary for growers to use soil disinfestation techniques to kill soilborne organisms. Historically, conventional growers use soilborne fumigants to disinfest soil...

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Published: August 16, 2019

Testing the Accuracy of Soil Tests for Organic Growers

By Neal Kinsey | President of Kinsey Agriculture Services

Purpose of Soil Tests Is it actually possible phat a soil analysis can be accurate enough to provide specific answers to soil fertility needs? What is the purpose of a soil test? Some feel a soil test should only be considered in order to point the farmer or his agronomist...

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Published: August 9, 2019

Benefits of Organic Food Production

By Cecilia Parsons | Associate Editor

Business opportunities in organic food production led a lengthy list of benefits at the annual meeting of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).   Growers, processors and marketers of organically grown agricultural commodities attended the Fresno gathering in February where the inaugural Benefits Report by the CCOF Foundation was presented.  ...

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Published: August 2, 2019

A Preliminary Evaluation of Using Drip Irrigation in Organic Spinach Production

Introduction Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a leafy green quick-maturing, cool-season vegetable crop. Most conventional and organic spinach fields are irrigated by solid-set or hand-move sprinklers. However, overhead irrigation could contribute to the speed and severity of downy mildew epidemics within a field when other conditions such as temperature are favorable....

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Published: July 26, 2019

Navigating the Organic Certification Process with USDA’s National Organic Program

Farmers and ranchers make decisions every day about production and processing, marketing approaches and certification programs in the context of real-life people, places and circumstances. Your farm and ranch business depends on agricultural markets, consumer preference trends, trade policies, regional infrastructure, and quality of life for your family and community....

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Published: June 18, 2019

Organic Farmers–Experienced or Brand New—Are All Welcome at NRCS

By Anita Brown | Director of Public Affairs and Outreach, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service California

Organic farmer John Teixeira from Lone Willow Ranch near Firebaugh, California, first started working with conservationists from United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) when he was already an experienced farmer with more than a decade of experience under his belt and a head full of...

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Published: February 13, 2019

Mating Disruption in California Specialty Crops

By, Emily J. Symmes, PhD. Sacramento Valley Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor,  University of California Cooperative Extension and Statewide IPM Program

Organic producers are well aware of the crop production and protection challenges they face relative to their “conventional” counterparts. With these challenges, however, come great opportunities for exploration, development, and adoption of cutting-edge technologies. In recent years, there has been a great surge in the research and development of pest...

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Published: January 11, 2019

Feathered Friends: How Birds Help you Farm

By Sara Kross, Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology

The call of a barn owl is not beautiful—it fits somewhere between a badly creaking gate hinge and someone scraping their fingernails across a chalk board—but for farmers who have rodent pests on their land, it should be music to their ears.   Economic Ornithology For generations, farmers have welcomed...

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Published: January 11, 2019

True Soil Balance—How Can You Tell?

By Neal Kinsey

Should organic growing be based on supplying nutrients by guess and assuming so long as it is organic adding it to the soil will surely be the right thing to do. Finding some avenue or approach that can be counted upon to provide accurate information concerning nutrient needs for every...

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Published: January 11, 2019

Challenges in Managing Organic Free-Range and Pastured Poultry

By Maurice Pitesky, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM

Veterinarian/Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension The growing trend in commercial organic free-range and pastured poultry production systems reflect a growing interest by the public in this segment of food production. However, these systems do have unique challenges. The following are some general observations and recommendations that can be applied for...

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Published: June 15, 2018

Organic Milk Producers Search for ways to Remain Profitable

Cecilia Parsons, Contributing Writer

A very large oversupply of organic milk over the past two years has dairy producers seeking ways to cut their costs and stay in business. Like the conventional dairy industry, higher levels of production and a shrinking milk market have taken a large bite out of milk prices. Sonoma County...

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