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Insect Management

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, 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 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....