The USDA initiative will provide technical assistance for organic producers, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring, conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support for market development projects.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2019 Certified Organic Survey. Certified organic operations in Nebraska sold a total of $185 million in organic products in 2019, up 92% compared to 2016. The number of certified organic operations in Nebraska totaled 238, up 47% from 2016.
Following unsatisfactory crimping results with a commercial crimper, in 2016 researchers built a crimper with a unique design with two gangs that pull at an angle to the direction of travel. View research results from field tests with the new crimper.
Farm Starts, a June 27 workshop in Wayne, will offer growers production, business and marketing information to start or develop an organic operation. Some of the information would also be helpful to conventional growers.
The NebGuide, Nutrient Management in Organic Farming, features information also of value to conventional production, including manure management, composting, non-traditional products, and crop rotation suggestions.
Learn from successful practitioners and explore new ideas for creating a more diverse and sustainable farm or ranch operation at this year's Western Sustainable Ag Crops and Livestock Conference. The conference will be December 16 in Sidney.
Certified organic operations in Nebraska sold $96 million in organic products in 2016, up 33% from 2015. The number of certified organic operations in Nebraska totaled 162, up 1% from 2015, on 107,371 acres, according to a USDA NASS report.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are testing a new plastic sheet that can be used as a biodegradable mulch. Developed by 3M, the plastic is made from polylactic acid derived from corn, not petroleum, making it a likely candidate for organic vegetable production.