December 2011

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In this Issue

Outreach Events
Grants and Awards
Webinar on Food Safety and Organic Sanitizers
Webinar on Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production
Stink Bug Management
Call for Poster Submissions for MOSES
Download Webinars
NOP Insider News
CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference

Visit Us at Outreach Events

Stop by the eOrganic booths at the following conferences this coming winter! EcoFarm Feb 1-4, PASA Feb 1-4, and MOSES Feb 23-25. We'll be glad to answer any questions you have If you plan to attend these events and would be interested in volunteering at an eOrganic booth, please contact Alice Formiga at

Grants and Awards

On October 25, the USDA announced 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The grants, totaling $19 million, are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and the Organic Transitions Program (ORG). We are pleased to be working with16 of these projects to support outreach and the publication of articles, videos and webinars to our public website at

A list of awards can be found here

In October, Oregon State University College of Agriculture awarded Alex Stone, Alice Formiga, John McQueen, and Roger Leigh the 2011 James and Mildred Oldfield/E.R. Jackman Team Award for their leadership and management of eOrganic.

Webinar on Food Safety and Organic Sanitizers

On December 6, 2011 at 12PM Eastern Time, eOrganic will host a webinar on Microbial Food Safety Issues of Organic Foods by Francisco Diez-Gonzalez of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Diez-Gonzalez will discuss some of the problems associated with foodborne pathogen contamination, in particular, the susceptibility of fresh produce to contamination and the need for organic sanitizers. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Find out more information and register at

Webinar on Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production

On December 13 at 2PM Eastern Time, eOrganic will present a webinar on Reduced Tillage In Organic Vegetable Production, by Helen Atthowe. Helen Atthowe has been farming on her own and consulting for other organic vegetable and fruit farms for 25 years. She was also a horticulture extension agent for 15 years, owned and operated Biodesign Farm (30 acre diverse, Organic fruit and vegetable farm) in western Montana for 17 years and recently spent 6 months as consulting vegetable grower on a 2000 acre organic vegetable and fruit farm in northern Colorado with a 5000 member CSA. This webinar will take you along on her 25 year journey to develop a reduced tillage organic vegetable production system. Register at

The recordings of our recent series of webinars on marketing, organic transplant production, GAPs, and organic hops production have been posted and can be found, along with our other archived recordings, at

Special thanks to speakers Susan Smalley, John Biernbaum, Colleen Collier Bess, Rob Sirrine and Brian Tennis, as well as Vicki Morrone of the Michigan State University C.S. Mott Group for her help in organizing these webinars and moderating the questions.

New Article on Stink Bug Management Using Trap Crops

We recently published an article by Russell Mizell, University of Florida, about his research on Stink Bug Management Using Trap Crops in Organic Farming. Find it at

2012 MOSES Organic Farm Conference Call for Poster Submission

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Organic and Sustainable Research Poster Display to be held in conjunction with the 2012 MOSES Organic Farming Conference to be held February, 24th and 25th, 2012. Researchers, including government scientists and staff, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers are invited to submit poster proposals for display at the conference as part of the Organic Research Forum. Find out more details in this handout

Download eOrganic Webinars

Did you know that eOrganic webinars can be played at conferences, meetings, courses and classes as educational materials. Contact us to find out how!

Recent National Organic Program Insider News and Employment Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on a proposed rule published today that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture: tetracycline, formic acid and attapulgite. Comments must be submitted by Jan. 9, 2012, to be considered during final rulemaking, which the National Organic Program will announce when published. Parties can view the docket and submit comments by searching for ID AMS_FRDOC_0001-0854 on

Employment Opportunity: Director of NOP Compliance and Enforcement Division (Supervisory Agricultural Marketing Specialist). Details of the position description and application information are available at job announcement number 24NO-2012-0002 at

Employment Opportunity: National Organic Standards Board Advisory Board Specialist. The National Organic Standards Board is an advisory committee authorized by Congress to evaluate substances that may and may not be used in organic agriculture as well as to advise the National Organic Program on aspects of the organic standards. Find out more about this position and how to apply at

CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference

The CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on February 1, 2012, as a pre-conference to EcoFarm. The theme of this full-day conference is Advancing Organic 2012: Practices and Policies. The conference will focus on advancing strong organic practices and shaping policies that support organic research, soil management, food safety, and farming innovation. Conference participants will explore advanced practices and techniques in sessions led by expert organic producers and handlers. Topics will include soil fertility, weed management, range management, and innovation in green energy for organic processing. In addition, we will explore the connection between implementing these practices and advancing federal food and farm policies that value and support the work of organic producers. Experts will address compliance with the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement and the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. 2012 Farm Bill provisions and how they connect to our work will also be discussed. For a full agenda, please visit the event page at
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Published November 30, 2011

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.