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Session topics:
  • Certification, Marketing &
        Business Management
  • Organic Pest Management
  • Soil Quality

  • NEON:  The Northeast Organic Network Training sessions

    Below is a compilation of all the presentations from the three training sessions. It is a treasure trove of information on some of the most crucial topics in organic agriculture: marketing; organic standards; pests, diseases & weeds; compost; cover crops; and overall nutrient management for soil quality.

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    Certification, Marketing and Business Management
    Presentations from Session 1
    Feb. 28 to March 3, 2005 - New York State

    • Understanding the USDA Organic Standards
      Eric Sideman and Emily Brown Rosen
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Organic Farm Yield and Profitability
      NEON, NASS, and other sources
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Transition to Organic Production—Horticultural Crops
      Brian Caldwell, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Profitability of NEON Focal Crops on 3 Organic Farms in New England
      Kim Stoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Agricultural Oligarchies
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt
    Organic Pest Management
    Presentations from Session 2
    June 27 to 30, 2005 - Pennsylvania
    • Agenda: .pdf | .doc

    • Crop Rotation - Pests and Farm Planning
      Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Understanding weed biology
      Chuck Mohler, Cornell University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Using weed ecology for management
      Chuck Mohler, Cornell University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Mechanical Weed Control
      Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Insect Management for Organic Farms
      Kim Stoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Managing Soilborne Plant Diseases and Arthropod Pests of Vegetables
      Meg McGrath, Cornell University and Mary Barbercheck, Penn State
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Managing Flea Beetles on Brassicas and Eggplant
      Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension
      Slides: .ppt

    • Tarnished Plant Bug
      Kim Stoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Options for Managing Striped Cucumber Beetle and Bacterial Wilt on Organic Farms
      Abby Seaman, NYS IPM Program
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Options for Managing Striped Cucumber Beetle and Bacterial Wilt on Organic Farms
      Abby Seaman, NYS IPM Program
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Organic Materials for Insect Management
      Kim Stoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
      Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Organic Disease Management
      Meg McGrath, Cornell University

      • General Guidelines - Managing Vegetable Diseases Organically .pdf | .doc
      • Managing Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits Organically
        Presentation: .html | .ppt | .pdf Notes: .pdf | .doc
      • Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot of Tomato .html | .ppt | .pdf
      • Managing Bacterial Pathogens in Vegetable Seed with Hot-water Treatment .pdf | .doc
      • Guidelines for Managing Specific Vegetable Diseases Organically .pdf | .doc
      • Products for Managing Diseases in Organic Vegetables .pdf | .doc
    Soil Quality
    Presentations from Session 3
    Sept 19 to 22, 2005 - Maine |

    • Agenda: .pdf | .doc

    • Effects of Soil Management on Soil Organisms
      Mary Barbercheck, Penn State University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Compost: Process & Product
      Will Brinton, Woods End Research Laboratory
      Slides: .pdf   Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Reduced Tillage in Organic Agriculture
      Brian Caldwell and Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt   Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Cover Cropping Strategies
      Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt  Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Organic Hoophouse Fertility Challenges
      Anusuya Rangarajan, Cornell University
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt

    • Nutrient Management on Organic Farms
      John Howell, UMass Extension Agent (retired)
      Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Organic Matter Budget
      Marianne Sarrantonio, University of Maine
      Slides: .html | .pdf | .ppt  Notes: .pdf | .doc

    • Putting it all together: Organic advisor case study exercise
      .pdf | .doc