Orchardists worldwide are increasing their use of organic and integrated production systems in response to consumer preferences and environmental imperatives. You can access resources related to integrated and organic fruit production at this web site, including materials developed at Washington State University as well as from other locations around the world. Many of the files are availabe in PDF format and can be opened and downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader software.
2nd International Organic Fruit Symposium
Many of the presentations at the Organic Fruit Symposium in June 2012 (Leavenworth, WA) were recorded and are now available on-line through eOrganic . Fifty-five presentations are on-line. The Acta Horticulturae volume from the symposium will contain many but not all of these presentations, so this web site is a good resource to complement the symposium publication. The symposium web site is also still accessible for further details.
EM046E, Washington State University Extension. This publication brings together in one place over a decade of data from industry and other sources on organic tree fruit acres, prices, volumes, and other aspects primarily for Washington State, but also for the US and global trends.
Organic Tree Fruit Production Trends
Organic Tree Fruit session at Wash. St. Horticulture Assoc. annual meeting. Several of the presentations from the Dec. 2011 organic session are now on line, including organic trends, fire blight biology, soil quality, orchard floor management, and a grower's example of systems integration.
Organic Tree Fruit Management in the West
New concepts and techniques are featured in Organic Tree Fruit Pest Management in the West: Bringing New Science to Old Problems. The presentations from this symposium are now available on-line at http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/tforg/
USDA Publishes Organic Program Handbook
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today published the first edition of a program handbook designed for those who own, manage, or certify organic operations. Prepared by the National Organic Program (NOP), the handbook provides guidance about the national organic standards and instructions that outline best program practices. It is intended to serve as a resource for the organic industry that will help participants comply with federal regulations.
The handbook is available on on-line at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/NOPProgramHandbook
David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee
Office Ph: 509-663-8181 x222
Office Hours: by appointment
Sponsored by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA.