The answer is: NONE.  Nemotologist George Bird from MSU stated that he's "never 
seen a nematode problem on an organic farm".   The system works as it was 
designed, minus the folly of conventional agriculture.  

With the intimidation, extortiion, and courtroom abuse that Monsanto has exerted 
on Canadian and U.S. farmers, the environmental pollution, the criminal trespass 
of GMO pollen/seeds, and the falsification/manipulation of data and research, 
this company should be dismantled.  

Rob Malcomnson
Marsh Haven Farms

From: Les Roggenbuck <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sat, November 20, 2010 6:23:26 AM
Subject: Re: Monsanto and organic

After watching the video, it is clear that this tomato variety has been produced 
for the large scale, commercial vegetable growers, primarily in California. No 
doubt this is a good tomato for that market. It touts good production, thick 
walled fruit (which is great for handling and shipping, not necessarily the best 
for eating), and nematode resistance which apparently is becoming a problem in 
the valley.
Ask yourself just one question. How many organic farmers have a nematode 
Les Roggenbuck
East River Organic Farm
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>From: Trevor Johnson 
>To: [log in to unmask] 
>Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 7:57 PM
>Subject: Monsanto and organic
>Deep breath. It dosent help to kill the messenger nor does it help to write off 
>without being curious. I don't support monsanto etc either but the responces are 
>unnessisary and detramental. As organic producers we will have a more solid and 
>understandable message if we learn to understand and speak intellegently about 
>why we should choose one mothod of production over another. It will strengthen 
>the movement and allow us to avoid looking like we want to farm in the dark ages 
>and ignore all contemporary tech advances.
>Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

>From: Danielle Craft <[log in to unmask]> 
>Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:08:48 -0500
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>ReplyTo: Danielle Craft <[log in to unmask]> 
>Subject: November Organic Listserv, Nov 19, 2010
>Michigan Organic
>November 19, 2010
>New Processing Tomato Variety From Monsanto
>A new processing tomato variety from Monsanto Vegetable Seeds 
>( has nematode resistance. Check out 
>a video about this new tomatoes variety at 
>Bt Value: The Big Picture by Growing
>With nearly 40 years of proven performance in the field, Bt’s ability to control 
>worm pests is well known. But pest management professionals will also tell you 
>biorationals demand more careful management than some of their synthetic 
>Bt Trial Data
>DiPel and XenTari are highly affordable, so the cost outlay for product is a non 
>issue. But what about careful management? Management means time, and time is 
>money. What’s the return on the total investment in Bt? 
>Loyal Bt users will tell you that, like most things in life, you get out what 
>you put in. That extra management time equates to better timed and fewer 
>applications, and lower populations for the balance of the season. It means 
>improved economics in tank mix or rotation. It means unparalleled resistance 
>management capabilities that extends the life of other important chemistries. It 
>means no residues, and the lowest alllowable re-entry interval. It means 
>confidence and peace of mind. While Bts have long been a mainstay in production 
>agriculture, adoption continues to rise due to the unique combination of 
>benefits Bts bring. It’s an equation especially relevant for today’s growers: 
>efficacy, economics, and residue management benefits that deliver value to 
>suppliers and buyers alike. 
>When evaluating Return on Investment for a program using Bts, the sum of the 
>parts is what makes the proposition unique. But it's their effectiveness in 
>other key areas, such as residue, resistance, and labor management that are 
>bringing bottom line benefits to more and more growers every season.
>“It’s a cost-effective bioinsecticide,” saysMax Jehle, pest control adviser for 
>Sunview Vineyards in California. “Bts have improved our bottom line because we 
>can achieve the same thing, with the same amount of control, with a very safe 
>material, without all the issues.”
>Jehle says that for Sunview, a key benefit is the global acceptance of 
>Bt-treated produce. As postharvest residue tolerances become more and more 
>stringent, the value of Bt goes up. “You don’t always know where your produce is 
>going,” he says. “When using this material, you don’t worry about residues. 
>Worldwide, it’s a safe material.”
>Safety Means Flexibility
>Worker safety and re-entry interval (REI) is another key benefit. Labor can be 
>one of the toughest things a grower has to manage, and pest pressure doesn’t 
>always emerge at the most convenient time. A program including Bt can provide 
>flexibility when many other materials can’t. Workers can get right back in the 
>field just four hours after a Bt application – the lowest REI allowable by law. 
>The same dynamic applies to late season applications required just prior to hand 
>Dr. Gary Leibee, a researcher at the University of Florida and long-time Bt 
>proponent, has found Bt to be especially useful in controlling diamondback moth 
>and cabbage loopers. For Leibee, Bt’s ability to maintain beneficials is another 
>benefit that enters strongly into the equation. “It really is the perfect IPM 
>tool,” he says,”because it only kills the caterpillars and has no effect on 
>predators and parasites (beneficials), which are extremely important in keeping 
>the populations at a low level.”
>It’s true that programs including Bt often cost growers less than programs that 
>rely heavily exclusively on other materials, but the resistance management 
>benefits of Bt aren’t always directly linked to dollars and cents.
>“That’s one of the things we’re always telling our growers,” says University of 
>Florida Vegetable Extension Specialist Dr. Stephen Olson. “You’ve got some new 
>product out there but if you abuse it, you’re going to lose it. Very quickly. If 
>we want to keep these products as effective tools, we’ve got to use rotation.”
>*This is not promoting any commercial formulation of BT but providing education 
>of how it works for educational purposes.
>New Alliance to Focus On Increasing Consumer Confidence In Ag
>Today’s agriculture continues to be attacked by a number of different groups. 
>Unfortunately, as the majority of the U.S. public has become further and further 
>removed from the farm, they tend to believe the groups attacking agriculture, 
>according to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). This new alliance is 
>comprised of most of the leading national farmer- and rancher-led agricultural 
>USFRA believes the actions of these groups have led a number of agricultural 
>organizations to fund programs that bolster the image of agriculture and enhance 
>public trust in our food supply. While these individual efforts have been 
>helpful in answering some of the criticism, there is a growing need for all of 
>agriculture to coordinate their messages and reach out even further to the 
>consuming public through consumer influencers and thought leaders.
>“We in production agriculture recognize the immediate need to build consumer 
>trust in today’s U.S. food production system,” said newly-elected USFRA Chairman 
>Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We also 
>recognize the need to maintain and enhance the freedom of American farmers and 
>ranchers to operate in an economical, sustainable and responsible manner. The 
>sun rises today on a new, collaborative and coordinated effort by many segments 
>of production agriculture to tell our great story as never before.”
>At a news conference introducing the USFRA founding affiliates and board 
>participants, Stallman recalled a historic meeting that took place on October 12 
>in St. Louis. Twenty farmer and rancher organizations in attendance agreed to 
>form USFRA to develop and implement a well-funded, long-term, and coordinated 
>public trust campaign for American agriculture.
>Stallman stated the Alliance’s vision is to enhance consumer trust in today’s 
>U.S. food production system, to maintain and enhance the freedom of U.S. farmers 
>and ranchers to operate in a responsible manner, and to strengthen collaboration 
>with the food production, processing and distribution systems. According to 
>Stallman, USFRA will focus its initial efforts on the following measurable 
>1. Increase consumer, consumer influencer and thought leader trust and 
>confidence in today’s agriculture.
>2. Serve as a resource to food companies on the benefits of today’s agricultural 
>3. Work with leading health, environmental and dietary organizations to 
>demonstrate the benefits of today’s agricultural production.
>4. Increase the role of U.S. farmers and ranchers as the voice of animal and 
>crop agriculture on local, state and national food issues.
>“This is an exciting time for U.S. agriculture. It represents the first time all 
>of production agriculture has come together for a common purpose,” said 
>Stallman. “It won’t be easy. Changing consumer perceptions is a big challenge. 
>We plan to use our strategic vision to focus our energies.”
>In 2011, Stallman indicated USFRA will continue to identify any current efforts 
>to enhance public trust in today’s agriculture already undertaken by agriculture 
>and food industry organizations that may fit strategically within USFRA’s vision 
>and goals. USFRA recognizes that many of these current efforts have already made 
>strides forward, and it anticipates future successes for them.
>However, USFRA also anticipates identifying gaps in the broad consumer education 
>efforts that exist today. It will be imperative that USFRA closes those gaps and 
>builds a public trust in today’s agriculture campaign that will allow its 
>supporting organizations to operate as needed, while still pooling resources to 
>maximize efficiencies and effectiveness of a consumer influencer and thought 
>leader campaign, said Stallman.
>At this time, 23 different farmer- and rancher-led organizations – representing 
>nearly all aspects of agriculture – have joined the alliance to pool resources. 
>According to Stallman, these organizations are contributing to the greater good 
>of agriculture, and are participating in an organization that will truly make a 
>strong, positive impact on farmers and ranchers for years to come. They are:
>	* American Egg Board (AEB) 
>	* American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 
>	* American National Cattle Women (ANCW) 
>	* American Sheep Industry (ASI) 
>	* American Soybean Association (ASA) 
>	* American Sugar Alliance 
>	* Beef Checkoff (CBB) 
>	* Federation of State Beef Councils (FSBC) 
>	* National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) 
>	* National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) 
>	* National Cotton Council (NCC) 
>	* National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) 
>	* National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
>	* National Pork Board (NPB) 
>	* National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) 
>	* Southern Peanut Producers Federation (SPPF) 
>	* U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) 
>	* U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 
>	* United Egg Producers (UEP) 
>	* United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) 
>	* United Soybean Board (USB) 
>	* U.S. Soybean Federation (USSF) 
>	* Western Growers (WGA)
>Organizations participating on the USFRA Founding Board include, in alphabetical 
>order, AFBF, the Beef Checkoff, Federation of State Beef Councils, NCBA, NCGA, 
>The following individuals are serving as the founding board of directors for 
>	* Philip Bradshaw, USB 
>	* Austin Brown, III, Beef Checkoff 
>	* Scott George, Federation of State Beef Councils 
>	* Gene Gregory, UEP 
>	* Dallas Hockman, NPPC 
>	* Dale Norton, NPB 
>	* Forrest Roberts, NCBA 
>	* Bart Schott, NCGA 
>	* Bob Stallman, AFBF 
>	* John Starkey, USPOULTRY
>The following USFRA Board members were elected by their peers at the initial 
>USFRA Board meeting on Friday, Nov. 5, to serve as the inaugural USFRA Executive 
>	* Chairman – Bob Stallman, AFBF 
>	* Vice Chairman – Phil Bradshaw, USB 
>	* Secretary – Bart Schott, NCGA 
>	* Treasurer – Dale Norton, NPB 
>	* At-Large – Gene Gregory. UEP 
>	* At-Large – Forrest Roberts, NCBA
>Stallman said other business conducted by the USFRA Founding Board on November 5 
>included approving motions to further establish USFRA as a credible and 
>operational entity to enable USFRA to begin the lengthy process of realizing its 
>vision and achieving its goals. Stallman also indicated that participation in 
>USFRA projects by federally-authorized checkoff programs is pending USDA 
>Agricultural Marketing Service approval.
>Source: National Corn Growers Association press release. Article found at 
>Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Found in Michigan; Teams Planning a Response by 
>Matt Milkovich Managing Editor, Fruit Growers News
>The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a pest of Asian origin that is already 
>established in many of the main fruit-producing regions of the United States, 
>has been found in Michigan, according to Michigan State University.
>SWD is a pest of berry crops, grapes and tree fruit, with a preference for 
>softer-fleshed fruit. A monitoring program for SWD found no flies this past 
>summer, but in late September the first flies, both male and female, were found 
>in traps deployed in southwest Michigan. This was well after harvest of most 
>fruit crops, and no pests were found in any fruit, according to MSU.
>In October, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that SWD 
>had been found in three counties in central Michigan: Ingham, Ionia and Genesee.
>An SWD Response Team made up of Michigan State University research and Extension 
>staff, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Michigan fruit commodity 
>groups is meeting regularly to implement an Early Detection-Rapid Response plan. 
>This will include further monitoring in 2011.
>The team is confident SWD can be managed successfully with available Integrated 
>Pest Management (IPM) tactics. Michigan growers are well versed in IPM 
>techniques and will adapt quickly to address this new insect challenge, 
>according to MSU.
>“We have been aware of SWD since it was first discovered in 2008 in California,” 
>said Rufus Isaacs, berry crops entomologist at MSU and the chair of the response 
>team. “This insect is originally from Asia but has already been found to be 
>invasive in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Florida, the Carolinas 
>and British Columbia. Our response team set up 300 traps in June in more than 
>100 fruit-growing sites and checked them regularly. The traps were monitored the 
>entire season with no positive finds of SWD until late September in a few fruit 
>farms. This is probably because harvest was complete in July and August, so 
>growers were no longer actively managing pests in those fields.”
>Isaacs said that because the pest was found after harvest, there was no threat 
>that the pest was in harvested fruit. He also noted it was found in an area that 
>had minimal insect management.
>Because SWD has not been previously found in Michigan, it is not known if it 
>will survive the cold Michigan winter.
>“If SWD is detected again next year, it is one more insect pest that Michigan 
>fruit growers will need to add to their crop management programs,” Isaacs said. 
>“IPM strategies will be implemented next year to help monitor and control SWD.”
>The SWD Response Team is developing educational programs for fruit growers, 
>including one at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand 
>Rapids, Mich., in December. Workshops will be held this winter, to help prepare 
>growers the 2011 season.
>For more information on SWD, visit
>Source: Matt Milkovich Managing Editor, Fruit Growers News, 
>Saskatoons an Opportunity for Midwest Growers byDerrek Sigler, Assistant Editor, 
>Fruit Growers News
>What do saskatoons and William Shatner have in common? They both originated in 
>Canada. And like Shatner, saskatoons can be a very “enterprising” move for your 
>farm. Will you boldly go where few growers have gone before?
>Saskatoons are a member of the rose family and related to the apple, mountain 
>ash and hawthorn. They are often compared to a blueberry, due to appearance and 
>nutritional composition, yet it would be more accurate to think of them as a 
>tiny apple, said Sarah Lutz of Saskatoon Project Midwest. Like an apple, 
>saskatoons have seeds, but the seeds are eaten along with the rest of the fruit. 
>This provides a crunchy texture, a high level of fiber and a subtle flavor that 
>many refer to as almond-like. The skin and flesh of the saskatoon is firmer than 
>many other berry fruits, causing the saskatoon to retain its shape when cooked. 
>The juice of the saskatoon is somewhere between a blackberry, elderberry and 
>Saskatoons are relatively new to the Midwest.
>“Currently, there are about 50 acres of saskatoons planted in Michigan,” Lutz 
>said. “Most of those plants are three to four years old. The oldest planting I 
>know of is six years old. By next year there should be about another 50 acres 
>planted and established, with roughly 1,000 plants per acre.”
>There are 20-25 growers in Michigan that have saskatoons, Lutz said. That number 
>is growing, thanks to the efforts of Lutz and Michigan State University 
>Extension (MSUE). Lutz said a lot of the credit has to go to MSUE’s Steve Fouch, 
>who has been a champion of the saskatoon. Lutz has seen a lot of growers taking 
>small steps into berry production with 1-acre plots.
>“It isn’t really known if there is going to be any diseases or pest issues with 
>saskatoons,” Lutz said. “As of now, we haven’t had any issues and we don’t think 
>there will be. It does make for some cautious investment into a new fruit, but 
>so far it is going very well.”
>What makes the saskatoon a good fruit for the future? Saskatoons beat out 
>blueberries in antioxidant properties, contain important nutrients such iron and 
>protein missing in many other berries and are lower in fat, Lutz said. The 
>National Cancer Institute defines antioxidants as substances that may protect 
>cells from the damage caused by unstable elements known as free radicals. 
>Antioxidants have been found to interact with and stabilize free radicals 
>preventing some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause, reducing the 
>risk of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and combating obesity. 
>Blueberries have long been considered a “super food” because of their high 
>antioxidant profile.
>The saskatoon was an important food source for both indigenous peoples and the 
>early pioneers. It is also an important food source for wildlife during the 
>winter season. It was also used as a source of wood and a medicinal plant. 
>Today, saskatoons are used in pies, jams, jellies, syrups, ice cream toppings, 
>wine, liqueurs and flavor concentrates and baked goods. They may be used fresh 
>or frozen.
>Saskatoon plants are hardy and can withstand cold winters and drought. They’re 
>easily propagated, with fragrant, showy flowers, fruit and attractive fall 
>foliage, according to Purdue University.
>“Saskatoons are very cold hardy,” Lutz said. “They can withstand temps down to 
>70 degrees below zero, as long as the plant is established.”
>Sites for growing saskatoons with late spring frosts should be avoided, 
>according to Purdue. Saskatoons do not have high nutrition requirements, 
>although compost worked into the soil prior to planting will help maintain soil 
>moisture while the plant establishes. A well drained soil and a pH above 6.0 is 
>preferred, according to Purdue.
>The roots should be well covered and the soil firmed around the plant. Plants 
>should be spaced 3 to 6 feet apart in rows, where they will grow to form a solid 
>hedge. During the establishment year, it is important to control weeds around 
>young plants.
>“Saskatoons can be planted in either fall or spring,” Lutz said. “In fall, the 
>plant seems to use all of its energy to establish its root system. In spring, 
>the theory is there is less potential for winter kill, but you must plant them 
>before the plant emerges from dormancy.”Source: Derrek Sigler, Assistant Editor, 
>Fruit Growers News,
>Michigan Hort President Tackles Issuesby Derrek Sigler, Assistant Editor, Fruit 
>Growers News
>When Steve Thome was a teenager, the last thing he wanted to do was run the 
>family farm. Now, as he prepares to take the reins as president of the Michigan 
>State Horticultural Society (MSHS), he knows farming is what he was meant to do.
>Thome Orchards, near Grand Rapids, Mich., is a family business. Steve’s father, 
>Harold Thome, ran the farm and still works on it, although these days it’s more 
>of a semi-retired role. They farm apples on roughly 115 acres, with some land 
>rented out for cash crops. The apple varieties grown at Thome Orchards include 
>Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Cameo, McIntosh, Gala, Paula Red, Golden Supreme, 
>Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Rome.
>As president, Thome wants to continue to serve the horticultural industry in 
>Michigan. He is also looking at furthering research opportunities with Michigan 
>State University (MSU) and working at expanding the reach of MSHS with younger 
>growers. Thome is concerned about ongoing changes in the department structure at 
>MSU, and especially in MSU Extension.
>“That is a real question these days,” Thome said. “Are they going to continue to 
>change? My hope is that the hort society has some input on that.”
>One of the things Thome sees in his role as president of MSHS is the role of 
>Extension with growers.
>“Extension is an unbiased resource for the growers,” he said. “For instance, 
>where I’m located, we have access to some of the best Extension agents you could 
>ask for. The more we as growers utilize Extension services, the better things 
>will go.”
>Challenges that lie ahead for Michigan growers include labor issues and 
>“Labor is at the top of the list as far as challenges facing growers,” Thome 
>said. “After that, you’ve got regulations with pesticides and residues and the 
>GAP process still continues to stress growers. I hope that it gets streamlined 
>in the future.”
>Thome just went through the GAP certification process himself. The first year 
>was a maze of paperwork, he said. The second was much smoother, although he had 
>to make a few adjustments. One of the biggest GAP elements lately has been 
>traceability. To test his traceability system, Thome recently underwent a mock 
>“It really wasn’t that hard for us,” he said. “Just a couple extra pieces of 
>paper really. We already knew from our records what apples were picked, the date 
>they were picked, the bin they were in, the person who picked them, the block 
>they were picked from and even the time of day they were picked.”
>As for Thome’s harvest, last year was his biggest year ever, and this year’s 
>crop is down considerably from that. The blame, he said, falls on two hard 
>freezes in May, which they refer to as the Mother’s Day Freeze. He said they 
>have noticed some frost scarring on the fruit as they harvest it.
>Despite the difficulty, prices seem to be pretty strong, he said.
>Thome said it will be hard to determine just how much the tariffs being imposed 
>on apples by Mexico will affect prices and grower profits – until the harvest is 
>complete. The size of the crop will help determine where growers sit, he said.
>Growers have been talking about managed, or club, varieties lately. Thome 
>weighed in on the subject by saying he wasn’t part of any clubs, but he’s 
>interested to see where things go. He feels that Gala is still a very strong 
>variety. Honeycrisp is doing well, but is a difficult variety to grow and 
>manage. Cameo seems to be doing well and Jonagold is becoming a mainstay, he 
>“I think the Jonagold may be pushing Jonathans out a little bit.”
>Thome is giving high-density growing systems a try, to see if they will work for 
>his orchards. He has started several blocks of tall-spindle, high-density trees, 
>mostly in Gala. He feels the smaller trees on dwarfing rootstocks make things 
>easier and more efficient, which reduces costs.
>“I think it will have a definite impact on pruning,” he said. “I think that, 
>soon, we’ll be able to pay by the tree, as opposed to paying pruners by the 
>hour.”Source: Derrek Sigler, Assistant Editor, Fruit Growers News, 
>Call for Applicants 
>MOSES 2010 Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program- Call for Participants
>The MOSES mentoring program links new and experienced organic farmers with 
>similar farm types (vegetables, dairy, crops, etc.), providing an avenue for an 
>exchange of information.  Farmers who have been farming for just a few years, or 
>who are making the transition to organic agriculture are invited to apply for 
>the MOSES Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program.  Experienced organic 
>farmers who are willing to mentor novice organic farmers, by visiting their 
>farms and taking questions throughout the year, are also encouraged to apply. 
> As a participant in the program, both mentors and mentees attend the 2011 
>Organic University and 2011 Organic Farming Conference as well as the 2012 
>Organic Farming Conference, at no charge.  Mentors receive a small stipend in 
>addition to these free registrations and mentees are asked to pay a nominal fee.
>Questions about the program can be directed to Harriet Behar, MOSES organic 
>specialist, 888-551-4769 or [log in to unmask] Detailed information and 
>applications can be found at the MOSES webpage, 
>Upcoming Events of Interest
>Webinar by eOrganic, Transitioning Organic Dairy Cows Off and On Pasture
>When: November 23, 2010, at 2 p.m. EST
>Why:Do you feel its hardhelping cows adjust to a new feed source in both the 
>fall and spring? Or the switch from high-quality pasture to lower-quality stored 
>feeds can be tricky? Rick Kersbergenan extension professor at the University of 
>Maine Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of rumen function and 
>various rations. He will address the nutritional qualities of various homegrown 
>feeds (including grains), what they can add to a cow’s diet, and the potential 
>for milk production trade-offs.
>How: Cost: Free of Charge. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. 
>Register online
> Webinar by eOrganic, Using Cover Crops to Suppress Weeds in Northeast US 
>Farming Systems
>When:December 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. EST
>Why:Cover crops provide important benefits to Northeast croplands, including 
>soil and water conservation. Some growers are also finding that cover crops can 
>help reduce weed problems. Do you wonder which covers are most suitable and how 
>should they be managed to enhance weed suppression? Then this webinar is for 
>How: Cost: Free of Charge. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. 
>Register online 
>Webinar by eOrganic, Using Winter Killed Cover  Crops to Facilitate Organic 
>No-till Planting of Early Spring Vegetables 
>When: December 7, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST
>Why: Using weed suppressing, winter killed cover crops is one potential way to 
>eliminate spring tillage in an organic vegetable production system. The 
>presenters (Mike Snow, Farm Manager, Accokeek Ecosystem Farm; Charlie White, 
>Sustainable Agriculture Extension Associate, Penn State Cooperative Extension.) 
>will discuss the challenges and successes of eliminating spring tillage on a 
>small-scale vegetable farm in southern Maryland. Cover crop species, planting 
>equipment, and crop rotations tested on the farm will be discussed.
>How: Free of Charge. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. 
>Register online
>Webinar by eOrganic, Assessing Nitrogen  Contribution and Rhizobia Diversity 
>Associated with Winter Legume Cover Crops  in Organic Systems
>When: December 14, 2010 at 3 p.m. EST
>Why: This webinar is designed to deepen your understanding of how legume cover 
>crops, through a symbiotic relationship with beneficial soil rhizobia bacteria, 
>can be used to provide new nitrogen to your organic crops through the process of 
>nitrogen fixation. You will review the process of nitrogen fixation, and provide 
>recent data from our lab describing the amount of nitrogen fixed by common and 
>some novel cover crop legumes used in organic agriculture. You will also briefly 
>discuss how the diversity of rhizobia present in the soil may impact this 
>process.Presented by Julie Grossman an Assistant Professor in the Department of 
>Soil Science at North Carolina State University specializing in organic cropping 
>How: Free of Charge. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. 
>Register online
>Source: For further information on upcoming webinars visit eOrganic at 
>On-line registration ends on Sunday, November 21 for The GreatLakes Fruit, 
>Vegetable EXPO
>When: December 7-9, 2010
>Where: DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI
>Why: The EXPO offers informative education programs for fruit, vegetable and 
>greenhouse growers, and for farm marketers. This year there is 63 sessions and 
>workshops over 3 days.
>Topics include: 
>	* Fruit and vegetable commodities 
>	* Greenhouse production and marketing 
>	* Farm marketing ideas and issues 
>	* General topics of special interest to growers
>Along with the numerous educational programs a Trade Show is offered during the 
>EXPO. This includes 400 exhibitors covering four acres of exhibit space in one 
>hall. To see list of exhibitors visit:
>How: Register on-line or download the EXPO registration form at 
> registration ends on Sunday, November 
>GreatLakes Expo Features Organic Educational Sessions: Thursday Dec. 9, 2010
>ATTENTION ORGANIC FARMERS! Special Thursday Registration Fee of $35 is available 
>for admission to the trade show and education sessions. This is good for 
>Thursday ONLY.  Thursdays spotlights organic educational sessions on organic 
>vegetable production, current issues in organic fruit, Farmers Markets and 
>Organic Opportunities: Extending the Season on the Farm and at the Market. The 
>trade show will be open from 8a.m.-1p.m Thursday-only registration does not 
>include the free subscription offers that are included with the regular 
>registration fees. It also does not include membership in the Michigan State 
>Horticultural Society of the Michigan Vegetables.  
>Registration is limited! Great Lakes EXPO Farm Market Bus Tour
>When: Monday, Dec. 6, 2010
>Where: Grand Rapids, Mich. Departing from the Amway Grand Plaza
>Why: Come enjoy a day-long tour as you visit farm markets in the Grand Rapids 
>area and experience farm marketing and agri-tourism at its best. Great
> The stops include: Opportunity to engage with other farm marketers as you share 
>ideas, explore opportunities and discuss strategies during the one-day tour. 
>Michigan Stave University Extension will serve as tour hosts and will share 
>current research projects and help foster new ideas and implementation plans. 
>	*  Critter Barn, Zeeland, MI 
>	*  Lubber's Family Market, Grand Rapids 
>	*  Moelker Orchards & Farm Market, Grand Rapids 
>	*  Post Family Farms, Hudsonville, MI 
>	*  Vander Mill Cider Mill & Winery, Spring Lake, MI 
>	*  Wells Orchard, Grand Rapids, MI 
>How: Cost: $149 (Includes transportation to all farm markets, lunch and 
>snacks.)  Use the registration form for the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and 
>Farm Market EXPO to register for the Farm Market Bus Tour 
> The registration fee for the farm market bus 
>tour is for the tour only. There are separate registration fees for the Great 
>Lakes EXPO's education program and trade show.
>More Information: Visit or call 
>616-887-9008, ext. 121.
>REGISTRATION LIMITED! Great Lakes EXPOGreenhouse Bus Tour
>When: December 9, 2010
>Where: Departing The Devos Place convention site at 8:30 a.m. and returning 
>around 3:00 p.m.
>Why: Join other greenhouse growers on this tour to see energy-efficient, 
>mechanized operations that grow high-quality plants for the market place. 
>Four of West Michigan's leading greenhouse firms will be visited on the 
>Greenhouse Bus Tour
>	* Dewinter's Western Sky Range, Hudsonville, MI 
>	* Bosgraaf Greenhouse, Hudsonville, MI 
>	* Micandy Gardens, Hudsonville, MI 
>	* Henry Mast Greenhouses,  Byron Center, MI
>How: Cost: $79.00 per person, which includes transportation to the greenhouses 
>stops, lunch, and refreshments. The registration fee for the greenhouse bus tour 
>is for the tour only. There are separate registration fees for the Great Lakes 
>EXPO's education program and trade show. Registration is limited! Register 
>online at the GLEXPO site 
>More Information: Visit or call Thomas 
>Dudek, MSU Extension- Ottawa County at: (616) 994-4580.
>Upcoming Beef Webinar Series: Considerations for Marketing Beef Locally
>Session 1: (December 14, 2010)Consumer TrendsfeaturingAllen Williams, Tallgrass 
>Beefand Kerry Smith, USDA Ag Marketing Services.
>Session 2: (January 11, 2011) Meat Inspection, Beef Carcass Breakdown, and Value 
>Beef Cutsfeaturing Jeannine Schweihofer, MSUE.
>Session 3: (February 8, 2011)Introduction to Beef Quality Terminology & Beef 
>Pricing featuring Jeannine Schweihofer, Kevin Gould, and Jerry Lindquist MSUE. 
>What are they looking for? Michigan Packer Panel 
>Session 4: (March 15, 2011) Producer Success Stories:
>	* Kentucky Cooperative – Bob Perry, University of Kentucky 
>	* Michigan Beef Producers Selling Direct – PanelResources for Producers: An 
>Introduction to the MSU Product Center - Brenda Reau, MSUE
>Host Sites Include (For more details
>	* Lapeer County MSUE 
>	* St. Joseph County MSUE 
>	* Gladwin County MSUE 
>	* Lake City MSU Experiment Station 
>	*  Ionia Interm School District 
>	* Monroe County MSUE 
>	* Delta County MSUE 
>	* Ontanogan County 
>	* Personal Computer - Your Location 
>How to Register: Registrations due December 7, 2010. Cost: $15/session or all 4 
>sessions for $50. No refunds available after December 7. Print off registration 
>form at Send Registrations to: Carla McLachlan1290 Anthony 
>Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824. 
>Creating Michigan Culinary Destinations, Michigan's First Conference on Culinary 
>When: January 10, 2011
>Where: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
>Why:"Foodies" often plan their travel experiences around authentic, educational 
>and entertaining food and beverage experiences. Come learn how you can tap into 
>the growing Culinary Tourism segment of the travel market. The conference will 
>provide opportunities to interact and form partnerships among food producers, 
>chefs, restaurateurs, visitor bureaus, wineries, breweries, tour operators, 
>hotels, and others wanting to market their business as a culinary destination. 
>Lunch speaker: Ari Weinzweig, CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s in Ann 
>Arbor, MI. 
>How:Early Registration Rate is $50 ($75 after Dec. 22) and includes continental 
>breakfast, lunch and a closing reception. Registration is limited to 150 
>registrants. Visit conference 
>details and online registration.) 677-0503, F
>ax: (734) 677-2407
>Midwest Fruit IPM Course for consultants, extension agents and NRCS staff
>In-depth course offered to train new Fruit IPM coaches and consultants to fill a 
>growing need in the Midwest. Please read the brochure for the Midwest Fruit IPM 
>Course scheduled to begin January 2011 for more information. Seeking 
>participants who can attend four sessions.
>Part 1, held in Madison, WI from January 10-14, will cover the basics of Fruit 
>IPM in the Midwest, business planning, and the NRCS conservation programs 
>requiring IPM plans. During Part 2 participants will attend the Michigan State 
>Tree Fruit School; held from January 24-26 in Hickory Corners, Michigan. In Part 
>3, held at various farms in Wisconsin June 22-24, participants will gain 
>experience in the field with growers and learn about biocontrols; effective use 
>of spray equipment, and early season pests and diseases.Part 4, held at various 
>farms in Wisconsin July 13-15, will provide participants with more field 
>experiences with late season pests and diseases as well as extensive work on 
>writing IPM plans for both growers and NRCS.
>Seeking candidates with flexible schedules that will allow them to fully 
>participate in all sessions. Candidates should be professionals with crop 
>consulting experience. Candidates should be interested in gaining knowledge that 
>they will then apply in the field. This knowledge will include the skills 
>necessary to assist farmers in implementing IPM on their farms as well as the 
>ability to write IPM plans for farmers and NRCS Conservation Programs (EQIP and 
>CAP). Interested in individuals who are crop consultants interested in expanding 
>their services to include fruit; new Fruit IPM consultants, County 
>Conservationists; and Extension and NRCS field staff.
>How to register:  Cost: $100, some meals, lodging, and course material is 
>provided depending on the session (see thebrochure for more details). Course is 
>limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis. No on-site 
>registration permitted. Print off registration brochure at 
>For more information contact Jane Kleven 608-262-5200, [log in to unmask] 
>or Regina Hirsch 608-265-3637, [log in to unmask] 
>Event announcement found at the New Agriculture Network web site 
>Educational Resources 
> a Great Educational Resource
>Check out for:
>News on: 
>	* Industry 
>	* Fruit 
>	* Vegetables
>Production Information on: 
>	* Crop Protection 
>	* Organic 
>	* Nutrition 
>	* Food Safety 
>	* Irrigation 
>	* TraceabilityMarketing on:
>	* Farmers Market 
>	* Wholesale
>Also Featuring: Events, Growers Reorganization and an Opinion column. 
>Part-time Organic Educator for the Ohio Ecological Farm Association
>Location: Columbus, OH (may involve occasional travel)
>Position Description:The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are seeking a 
>part-time (25 hours/week) Organic Educator beginning in February of 2011. The 
>Organic Educator will be responsible for providing direct technical assistance 
>to organic farmers with various levels of experience and for developing and 
>implementing educational programming work (workshops, webinars, field days) 
>focusing on organic production. The Organic Educator reports to the Education 
>Program Director.   
>Salary:$15-$16/hr (depending on qualifications). Benefits include health 
>insurance, sick leave, and paid time off.   . 
> Responsibilities of the position include:
>	* Help organic and aspiring organic farmers by answering questions and 
>providing informational resources 
>	* Design and implement various organic education programs, including workshops 
>and webinars 
>	* Design and administer OEFFA’s summer farm tours series 
>	* Facilitate a farmer-to-farmer knowledge network to connect farmers with 
>information needs to those who can help them 
>	* Serve as liaison between OEFFA and various other organizations, including 
>OSU-Extension’s Sustainable Agriculture Team, NRCS, OPGMA, and others 
>	* Coordinate OEFFA’s apprenticeship program 
>	* Provide occasional contributions to OEFFA’s newsletter 
>	* Assist with publicity of OEFFA’s programs 
>	* Oversee organic production content on the OEFFA website 
>	* As needed, assist in writing grants for organic education programs 
>Qualifications: Seeking someone with both the education and the experience to 
>outstandingly perform the duties of this position. Interested in an individual 
>who has deep personal knowledge of organic production, is adept at locating 
>appropriate information resources, has an appreciation both for farmer knowledge 
>and a respect for scientific research, and who also has the administrative and 
>organizational skills to successfully develop, promote, and implement formal 
>educational programs.  
>Qualifications include:
>	* Background and experience  in organic crop or horticultural production is 
>essential; additional background in organic livestock production highly 
>	* Minimally, a B.S. or B.A. in natural sciences, environmental education, 
>agriculture, or related area.   
>	* A highly dependable understanding of the National Organic standards. 
>	* Proven excellent oral and written communication skills.  
>	* Previous experience in a non-profit setting. 
>	* Previous experience working with farmers.   
>	* The ability to work well with OEFFA personnel, members, and the public. 
>	* Flexibility and openness in dealing with changing events and priorities. 
>	* Organization, planning, and project management skills. 
>How to Apply: Applications consist of cover letter, resume, and names of three 
>references (indicate relationship). Electronically submitted applications 
>(preferred) should be addressed to Carol Goland, Executive Director, and 
>submitted to [log in to unmask],  or mail your application to Carol Goland, 
>OEFFA, 41 Croswell, Columbus, OH 43214. For questions, contact Carol Goland at 
>614.421‐2022.  Review of applications will begin on Dec. 28, with interviews to 
>be held early January.   Candidates should be prepared to begin by February 10, 
>Graduate Assistantship in Department of Horticulture at Purdue University
>A graduate assistantship (Ph.D.) is available for a student interested in 
>studying organic vegetable production in the Department of Horticulture at 
>Purdue University.  Research will focus on the relationship between 
>soil-improving management practices and tomato varieties on plant health and 
>productivity.  The research is part of a larger multidisciplinary project, so 
>the selected student should be prepared to interact with a diverse group of 
>faculty and students from multiple departments within the College of 
>Agriculture. Applicants should have a strong academic record, prior field and 
>lab experience, and a demonstrated interest in organic and sustainable 
>For more information about this opportunity, contact Lori Hoagland, via e-mail 
>([log in to unmask]). Please provide a cover letter outlining research 
>interests, professional goals and prior experience; a resume or CV, contact 
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