New Technique Shown to Increase Marketable Yield of Organic Peaches

Organic peach production is extremely difficult in the humid conditions of the Southeast due to high pest and disease pressures, and the lack of effective, organically approved pesticides. Few growers have taken the risk and transitioned to organic peach farming. Currently, there is only one certified organic peach producer in South Carolina and none in Georgia (one grower is in the process of transition). In 2016, OFRF funded a project aimed at providing growers in the Southeast with a new tool to reduce the risk of transitioning to organic production of peaches.

OFRF Outlines Research Priorities with NIFA

With the Farm Bill debate happening across the country, much of OFRF’s policy work has been focused on Congressional outreach on critical issues facing organic farmers. However, just as important as the legislation are the implementation, regulation, and administration of key organic programs. Among those are the organic research programs administered by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Soil Health Webinar Now Available to View

OFRF, in collaboration with the CCOF Foundation, is pleased to announce the availability of a recorded webinar that focuses on information from Soil Health and Organic Farming, a series of educational guides recently published by OFRF. In the webinar, authors Joanna Ory and Mark Schonbeck review the most recent research on different practices—such as cover cropping, tillage strategies, and the use of soil amendments—to explore how organic growers can build healthy soils on their operations. This webinar provides practical guidelines for growers, as well as more in-depth analysis of research.

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