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  1. Tomato plant at an OARDC research field.

    Transitioning to organic? A three-year project studies the effects of different transitional strategies

    Jan 10, 2019

    Use of compost and a mixed species hay crop are recommended.

    For farmers transitioning from a conventional to an organic farming system, decisions made during the three-year transition period can influence important factors of future production, such as soil-borne pathogens, soil fertility, and soil structure. In this study, compost incorporation strongly affected physical, chemical, and biological soil health factors and, overall, the soil food web. Using a mix of perennial hay during the transition was most successful in reducing disease-causing pathogens in the soil. Highest available N and yields occurred in the plots using high tunnel vegetable production. Read more. 

  2. Farm Bill is a Win for Organic Agriculture

    Dec 17, 2018

    For organic growers, there is much good news in the new farm bill. Read highlights and reactions from key organic farming organizations here

  3. Organic dairy herd health management is focus of new Ohio State study.

    New Study Seeks to Document Organic Dairy Herd Health Practices

    Dec 4, 2018

    Optimizing animal health and welfare are main priorities for dairy producers, yet there is still a lot that is not known about organic dairy herd health management, and there is a lack of scientific research dedicated to herd health relevant for organic dairy farming.  

    To reach the goals of this research project, we are interviewing organic dairy farmers, as well as dairy professionals with organic clientele on herd health management practices. If you are an organic dairy farmer and/or dairy professional working with them, we need your help! In addition to making future research and resources practical and based on real needs, participants will also received a research summary report, a complimentary milk culture, disease protocols (if requested), and a nominal cash incentive. Read more.