Episode 84. Organic Integrated Pest Management in the South

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, equipment, and techniques and talks about resources available to farmers.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Felicia Bell directly at feliciab@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Tipsheet: Organic Pest Management

Companion Planting & Botantical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources

Organic IPM Field Guide

Other Resources:

Dr. Mujamdar’s email address bugdoctor@auburn.edu

Alabama Extension’s Beginning Farmer Program website

Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook

Alabama Vegetable IPM Facebook

Alabama Beginning Farmer Slide Charts and Field Guides

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Facebook

IPM Communicator Newsletter and Blog

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 can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

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