eOrganic webinars in January

New Webinars in January: Ancient Grains, Organic System Plans, Pecan and Peach, GMO Crops

Register now for new eOrganic webinars in January! Advance registration is required, and the webinars are free and open to the public. Topics include ancient grains, developing an organic system plan for row crops, pest and disease control in pecan and peach, and the coexistence of GMO, organic, and non-GMO crops. Find out more information and register at the links below.

  • January 7, 2013: Developing an Organic System Plan for Row Crop Production, by Beth Rota, independent consultant for the University of Missouri. This presentation details how to develop an organic system plan for crop production to comply with the USDA National Organic Standard, with special attention to organic row crop production. The presenter will cover what must be included in organic system plan and the basic steps to organic certification. Register at http://www.extension.org/pages/66582
  • January 8, 2013: The “Ancient” Grains Emmer, Einkorn and Spelt: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out, by Frank Kutka and Steve Zwinger of North Dakota State University, Julie Dawson of Cornell, and June Russell of Greenmarket, Grow NYC. A team of researchers from the NIFA OREI project Value-added grains for local and regional food systems will focus on the so-called ancient grains–einkorn , emmer and spelt–including their origins and attributes, current and potential uses and markets, and what we know so far about how to grow them. The team will also give an overview of the project’s current work on developing best management practices for these grains, dehulling options, and identifying varieties and landraces with superior yield, flavor, or nutritional content. This webinar is for those interested in specialty grains, including farmers, consumers, bakers, chefs, millers, and other grain processors. Register at http://www.extension.org/pages/66321
  • January 10, 2013. Live Broadcast from the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference: How Can Organic, Non-GMO, and GMO Crops Coexist? Lynn Clarkson, Clarkson Grain. How can organic, non-GMO, and GMO crops coexist? That is the puzzle that USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) has been asked to answer. AC21 Committee member Lynn Clarkson, President of Clarkson Grain in Cerro Gordo, IL will discuss AC21’s work and the issues at stake. Of special concern is adventitious presence, the term used for low levels of unintended material in seed, grain, or feed and food products. Clarkson will review the arguments underlying the battles between GMO and non-GMO farmers over adventitious presence and explore potential compromises to minimize adventitious presence in organic, non-GMO, and selected GMO crops. Register at http://www.extension.org/pages/66781
  • January 29, 2013: Organic Methods for Control of Insect Pests and Diseases of Pecan and Peach, by David Shapiro-Ilan and Clive Bock of the USDA-ARS Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA. A number of insect pests and diseases can cause severe damage in orchard crops such as pecan and peach. Drs. David Shapiro-Ilan and Clive Bock from the USDA-ARS Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron GA will provide information on organic solutions to control the key insect pests and diseases of pecan and peach. Based on their own research as well as others, Shapiro-Ilan and Bock will discuss organic approaches that are currently available as well as prospects for the future; some of their research results are applicable to other cropping systems as well. Register at http://www.extension.org/pages/66504

Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242