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Evaluating Sustainability of Organic Farming Practices in California

Funded by the USDA-OREI program, scientists have been conducting a research project to evaluate the sustainability of organic farming practices on California’s Central Coast. Diverse strawberry/vegetable crop rotation trials were established at seven commercial organic farms in 2011. Since then the trials have monitored crop yields, diseases, soil nitrogen dynamics, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, economics of production, and carbon footprints. Methods to improve arthropod pest management in organic strawberries and vegetables have also been studied. The speakers will present the project overview and outcomes from carbon sequestration and bio-control in organic broccoli and strawberry studies.

 

Track and Session Info

Track: 
Educators & Researchers
Session: 
E | 1:30 pm

Date and Location

Location: 
Scripps
Day: 
Friday
Presenter(s): 

Alexander Gershenson

Title: 
Alexander Gershenson
Presenter Affiliation: 
San Jose State University

Diego Nieto

Title: 
Diego Nieto
Presenter Affiliation: 
University of California Agricultural Extension for Lake & Mendocino counties

Carol Shennan

Title: 
Carol Shennan
Presenter Affiliation: 
University of California

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