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Preliminary Findings from the UC OAI Statewide Needs Assessment for Organic Agriculture

Shriya Rangarajan1,2,5, Mark Lubell2, Joji Muramoto3,4, Houston Wilson1,5

1 Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside; 2 Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis; 3 Center for Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz; 4 University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, 5University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources—Organic Agriculture Institute

Organic Strawberry Yields Boosted by Technique Refined Through Cooperative Extension Research

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation Helps Suppress Weeds, Disease, Without Fumigants

Troubled by puny plants, low yields, and persistent mite problems, third-generation Southern California strawberry grower Glen Hasegawa was ready to give up on his transition from conventional to organic 12 years ago.

“I've always liked a challenge—but it turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be!” he said.

LLC Management Committee Member Gina Colfer Honored With a Lifetime Achievement Award From the California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Photo by Friedrich Haag via  Wikicommons

The Department of Pesticide Regulation shared this about the award: Gina Bella Colfer, a pest control advisor (PCA) with more than 30 years of experience in organic agriculture, primarily on California's Central Coast, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work developing and implementing safer, more sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agriculture.

Celebrating CCOF’s 50th Birthday with 50 Reasons to Choose Organic

In the past 50 years since CCOF’s founding in 1973, research about organic has come a long way. We now know that the benefits of organic our founding members believed in so fiercely are backed by scientific data to have a measurable effect on the wellbeing of our planet, communities, and economy. 

CCOF’s First Employee, Mark Lipson, Honored by Rodale

California congressman Sam Farr and Mark Lipson in the early days of creating the organic standards.

The Rodale Institute, a progenitor of the organic movement in the United States that built the scientific underpinnings of organic production, awarded Mark Lipson (CCOF’s first paid employee) the Organic Stewardship Award in a ceremony held at the Rodale research farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 

Organic Professor Hired for the Organic Minor Program at Fresno State

Written by Aaron McAfee, CCOF Fresno/Tulare Chapter President

I have excellent news to deliver, straight from the local organic legend himself, the great Tom Willey. 

Tom shared with us that Fresno State has officially announced the hire of Dr. Sangeeta Bansal for the position of Professor of Soil Health at California State University, Fresno. 

USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum To Feature Marketing and Organic Sessions

USDA’s 99th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place over the course of two days, both online and in person in Arlington, Virginia. On Thursday, February 23, between 11:25 and 11:55 a.m. Eastern, Jenny Lester Moffitt, USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, will moderate a session on Strategies for More and Better Markets.