A new article, put out by Purdue University, reminds organic farmers of the dangers of pesticide drift and offers tips and tools to help avoid unwanted pesticides on organic crops. The article warns that a threshold of 5% of acceptable pesticide levels are all it takes to make a crop unviable to be sold as […]
On June 14 the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will be hosting an online webinar presented by NCAT Energy Engineer Dave Ryan entitled ‘Risks and Returns of Renewable Energy’. The purpose of the webinar will be to show the possible advantages and pitfalls of renewable energy sources in a world of rising energy costs. […]
The $50 million EQIP program, (a huge victory of the Organic Farming and Research Foundation’s policy efforts), is providing financial and technical assistance to growers who implement innovative conservation practices through the 2012 EQIP Organic Initiative. Eligible applicants include persons or entities who are certified organic, transitioning to organic production, or those producers selling less […]
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has funds available for the 2010 – 2011 Illinois Organic Cost Share Program through funds from the United States Department of Agriculture. The program will provide cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010 […]
Lundberg Family Farms® has launched a new initiative that will award up to $50,000 total in grants and scholarships. Raising Organic Family Farms will provide grants and scholarships in 2011 for beginning or transitioning organic farmers – from college students interested in sustainable agriculture programs to beginning farmers in need of seed money. Beginning August […]
llinois USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces another funding opportunity for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production to implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations. While applications are accepted on a continuous basis, the cutoff date for this application period is set for May 20, 2011. Fiscal year 2011 marks […]
Driftwatch™ is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats in Illinois. Managers of ecologically sensitive areas including organic farms should register! http://illinois.agriculture.purdue.edu/ This site and other resources that will help growers contend with spray drift will be discussed on the upcoming conference call (Tuesday at 4.00 pm). Check the calendar for details.