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This is a recording of the Electric Deer Fence Workshop that NCAT led on November 15, 2019 at Cobblestone Farms in Fayetteville, AR. In this video Kenny Simon from the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service discusses the components of an electric deer fence and demonstrates how to set up a 3-strand deer fence configuration. You will learn how to select an appropriate energizer, properly set ground rods, select fence posts, choose the right poly-wire, and test your fence. You can find more information on electric fencing for livestock at our Fencing and Watering Systems topic area. This workshop was supported by Assistance Agreement...

In this episode, NCAT horticulture specialists Luke Freeman and Guy Ames discuss the joys and trials of growing grapes in the humid Southeast. The conversation touches on organic grape production; diseases and pests; trellising and pruning grapes; organic grape management; and cultivars of table grapes, wine grapes, and muscadines suited for organic production. Luke and Guy both work as horticulture specialists with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program out of NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Luke shares research findings from the University of Arkansas high tunnel grape project, led by Dr. Elena Garcia, and Guy shares his personal experience growing grapes and...

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses the operation's intensive grazing set-up....

Learn how to Cover, Push, Pull, Pop! That is the FAMACHA scoring technique that determines the degree of Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) infection in sheep, goats and camelids. This how to video emphasizes FAMACHA scoring Out West with large flocks of small ruminants. Discover how it is easy and financially rewarding to ascertain the degree of infection in your flock- FAMACHA scoring saves you money in deworming only the lambs and ewes that are actually infected (often 80 percent of the infection is concentrated in 20 percent of the flock). It also allows you to set up a refugia...

The Barber Pole Worm represents an increasing threat to sheep and goat producers, especially those on Western irrigated pastures. This webinar, led by Dave Scott, NCAT Livestock Specialist, focuses on holistic management of the Barber Pole Worm in irrigated settings in the Inter Mountain West. FAMACHA scoring to create refugia, strategic grazing techniques, and simple genetic strategies to increase host resistance will be highlighted....

The USDA Organic Rules require a soil-building crop rotation that controls erosion, maintains or improves soil organic matter content, manages deficient or excess plant nutrients, and provides for crop pest management. Sod, cover crops, green manure crops, catch crops, and various mulches are included in the rotation to perform these functions, which correspond to the purposes for NRCS Conservation Practices such as Conservation Crop Rotation, Cover Crop, Strip Cropping, and Nutrient Management. Because organic producers do not use synthetic fertilizers and can use only a very limited list of pesticides or fungicides, they depend to a greater degree on crop rotation...

In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, discuss some timely spring topics that are impacting their own farms: pastures, parasites, and predators. Margo and Linda, whose farms are both in the Fayetteville area, talk about handling excess forage, electronet tips and warnings, weeds and poisonous plants, and grazing recordkeeping. They also touch on pasture management to minimize internal parasite problems and the use of livestock guardian animals to protect stock from predation.  They refer to a number of resources and invite listeners to...

In this podcast, Rex Dufour, director of NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, talks with Omar Rodriguez, sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, about working with California farmers to establish hedgerows. Hedgerows provide many benefits to farms in addition to adding beauty. They play an important role in pest management and help prevent erosion as well as create visual and dust barriers. Omar and Rex also discuss preparing the ground for planting a hedgerow and what kinds of plants are commonly used. For more information on this topic, you can contact Rex and Omar directly at rexd@ncat.org and omarr@ncat.org. Related...

In this episode, Felicia Bell, an agricultural specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Dr. Ayanava Mujamdar, an entomology and plant pathology Extension Service specialist at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Felicia works out of the NCAT Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. A, as he’s known, talks about creating an Integrated Pest Management plan for organic operations that takes into account conditions in the southern states. He talks about a three-step method of organic pest control – cultural practices, exclusion methods, and finally organic bio-insecticides – as well as specific strategies for each. He also emphasizes proper management,...

In this episode, Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart, both specialists with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – have a conversation about regenerative grazing. In particular, Dave, who works out of NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Lee, a specialist at NCAT’s Northeast Regional Office in Keene, New Hampshire, explore Dave's decision to move to regenerative grazing at his lamb operation near Whitehall, Montana. The in-depth conversation gets into the process of making the transition and its benefits and obstacles, as well as pest management, fence-line weaning, and other concerns. They also talk about ATTRA resources that are available...

In this episode, Rich Myers of the National Center for Appropriate Technology talks with Austin Harley, a second-generation blueberry farmer near Covert, Michigan. Harley talks about changing market strategies as producers in more states choose blueberries as a crop; the labor market, and the challenges of dealing with plant-specific insect pests. Related ATTRA Resources: Blueberries: Organic Production Fruits Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture. You...

In this episode, Internal GAP Auditor David Wise talks with Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, about strategies for keeping rodents out of fields....

In this episode, NCAT specialist Martin Guenera interviews Aldo Andres Marega, an organic farmer from El Gauchito Hill Farm in Yolo County California. The interview includes: biography, first years of experience, farmers markets and restaurant sales, challenges or challenges of fertilization and pest control, and advice for beginning farmers....

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, talks with GAP internal auditor David Wise about the farm's strategy for keeping wildlife and other unwanted animals off the farm....

In this episode, NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews organic famer Luis Guevara of Rancho La Familia from Santa Maria California. It includes his biography; 38 years of farming experience; early years and markets; reasons for diversification; current markets; production challenges; climate change challenges; pest control techniques; fertilization practices; compost; cover crops; rotations and advice to new and beginning farmers....

In this episode, NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews Martin Barnes of Capy Organics in Yolo County, California. The interview touches on the farm's early years and starting the Davis farmers market; its first crops; diversification of crops; the transition from markets to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); the expansion to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest; technological innovation; expanding its CSA to 50,000 customers; its pest challenges then and now; its fertilization program with compost and foliar applications; and Martin's advice to beginning farmers on land and markets....

Entrevista con Luis Guevara agricultor orgánico del Rancho La Familia de Santa María California. La Entrevista incluye: biografía, experiencia de 38 años como agricultor, principios, mercados, diversificación de productos, expansión de mercados, desafíos de producción, cambio climático, control de plagas, fertilización, rotación de cultivos y consejos para agricultores principiantes....

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control. Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and...

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control. Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and...

In this episode, Tammy Howard, an agronomy specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, speaks at a USDA Risk Management Agency sponsored tour of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, Montana. She discusses the uses of cover crops for various purposes, including fertility, weed management, and increasing biomass. She also discusses crop rotation and termination....

In this Organic Pest Management Webinar, NCAT's Rex Dufour will discuss basic principles, approaches, and practices for managing weeds, diseases, and arthropod & vertebrate pests in organic systems. Management tools and informational resources will also be discussed....

This webinar discusses ecologically friendly practices that support organic pest management, including crop rotations, animal rotations, perimeter trap cropping, pheromone use, and other techniques, as well as their impacts on pests and beneficial. It was broadcast July 26, 2012, by NCAT and was funded in part by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It builds on an earlier webinar, "Pest Management for Organic Production Systems, which also is available on this site. Rex Dufour, an NCAT program specialist, was the presenter for both webinars....