May 2012 eOrganic Newsletter

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In this Issue

New eOrganic Dairy Webinars in May and June
International Organic Fruit Symposium
Use of eOrganic's Resources
eOrganic Video Production Course
Grains Group News
Project Websites on eOrganic
CCOF Organic Labelling Webinar

New eOrganic Dairy Webinars in May and June

Want to learn about weed management and breeding and genetics on organic dairy farms? If so, join the eOrganic Dairy Team for 2 new webinars which are free and open to the public. Advance resgistration is required:

Organic Weed Management on Livestock Pastures by Sid Bosworth of the University of Vermont. The webinar will take place on May 15, 2012 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. Find out more and register at

Breeding and Genetics: Considerations for Organic Dairy Farms by Brad Heins of the University of Minnesota. The webinar will take place on June 19, 2012 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. Find out more and register at

If you were unable to attend the recent live broadcast of the workshop on Fly Management in Your Organic Dairy, the recording is now available at Presenters are Roger Moon of the University of Minnesota, J. Keith Waldron of Cornell University, and Wes Watson of NCSU.

Find all eOrganic upcoming and archived webinars on organic farming and research topics at

International Organic Fruit Symposium June 18-21, Leavenworth, WA

Come learn and share your research and experience on the current and future state of organic fruit production and marketing at the International Organic Fruit Symposium. Participation is encouraged for all types of organic fruit – pome and stone, berries, grapes and citrus, temperate to tropical.The symposium is for researchers, extension professionals, growers and consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to share the latest developments in the world-wide organic fruit supply chain. Research presentations will predominate (through oral and poster sessions) along with discussion periods and networking opportunities. eOrganic will  be broadcasting presentations live from the conference and we will be sending more information on that soon.

Register now to attend the conference on the symposium website at For more information, contact David Granatstein, Washington State University .

Use of eOrganic's Resources

According to Google Analytics, February 2012 was the highest month ever in terms of eOrganic public content page views, at 42,801 with an average of 2 minutes and 43 seconds time spent on each page! The most popular articles and webinars that month were the upcoming and archived webinar page, our public home page, 2 articles on How Cover Crops Suppress Weeds and Organic Potting Mix Basics, and the recorded webinar by Eric Gallandt of the University of Maine on Cultivation and Weed Seedbank Management. Thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to eOrganic's contintued success!

eOrganic Video Production Course Materials Available Online

Are you interested in learning how to create videos about organic farming and research? In March and April, Lane Selman of the eOrganic staff conducted a pilot video production class for team members of NIFA OREI and ORG projects that are partnering with eOrganic. Reading materials and sample videos from the course, Introduction to Video Storyboards, Filming, and Production has now been made publicly available. Find the free course at

eOrganic Grains Group News

Coordinators and 7 members of the eOrganic Grains CoP met in late February in Stevensville, MD to set goals and begin development of organic grain production resources for publication on The group currently has 7 articles and a video in progress and is planning a series of webinars for the fall and winter of 2012-3. If you are an eOrganic member and you would be interested in participating in the Organic Grains CoP as an author, reviewer, or webinar presenter, please contact Betty Marose at or Michel Cavigelli at

New public project websites on eOrganic

Check out the new websites of two organic seed breeding OREI projects that provided funding to eOrganic for the development of public websites linked to eOrganic that describe their research on breeding for organic systems:

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) brings together researchers and organic farmers in Northern US states to address their seed and plant breeding needs. The collaborative includes researchers and educators from four universities, Organic Seed Alliance, and the USDA. NOVIC is partnering with organic farmers to breed new varieties, identify the best performing existing varieties for organic agriculture, and educate farmers on organic seed production and plant variety improvement. The website includes an interactive trial database.

Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) is a long-term breeding project that addresses the critical needs of organic carrot farmers by developing novel colored carrots with improved disease and nematode resistance, improved weed competitiveness, and improved nutritional value and flavor. This four-year project will also compare the relative performance of breeding material in organic versus conventional environments and investigate whether some carrot varieties perform better under organic soil conditions.

CCOF Organic Labelling Webinar

California Certified Organic Farmers is offering a webinar on organic labeling, which will clarify confusing requirements and define a step-by-step process for developing labels that comply with the USDA National Organic Program. Attend on Wednesday, May 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. PST. The cost is $35.00, and advance registration is required. Find out more and register at

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Published May 10, 2012

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.