Organic production, regulated by the National Organic Program of the USDA, is much more than substituting nonapproved inputs for approved ones. It is a system of agriculture, reliant on natural processes such as use of plant and animal materials for soil fertility, diverse crop rotations and field borders for pest, disease and weed management and ecosystem health based in maintenance and improvement of natural resources. The NOP regulations and the organic certification program will be discussed along with numerous activities and inputs a certified crop advisor or NRCS Technical Service Provider might recommend to organic farmers.
CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC: 1.0 Professional Meeting
Senior Organic Specialist
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES)
Harriet has interacted with farmers, feed mill operators, bankers, pest control technicians, extension agents, NRCS personnel, and other agriculture education professionals to inform them of organic systems and regulations. She staffs the MOSES toll-free organic information line, answering a wide variety questions and writing about organic crops and livestock, processing and marketing. Harriet has visited over 2000 organic farms and processing facilities around the world, but mostly in the Upper Midwest. She is an approved TSP for writing NRCS CAP 138, transition to organic plan.
On her own farm, she has been growing organic vegetables since 1973, and has operated a certified organic farm since 1989 of vegetables, herbs, bedding plants and small grains on her 216 acres in the hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. She and her husband have an on-farm, state licensed dehydration facility, a large solar greenhouse for commercial scale spring bedding plants and winter vegetable production.
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July 07, 2015