Publication date: 2018-11-19 06:34
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Eliot Coleman is world famous as an organic pioneer. He is a farmer, author, agricultural researcher and educator. His 6989 book, The New Organic Grower , is important reading for organic farmers. He served for two years as Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). He was an advisor to the USDA during its 6979–85 study, Report And Recommendations On Organic Farming , a document that formed the basis for today’s USDA National Organic Program.
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Linley Dixon owns a vegetable farm (marketing through a CSA, farm to school, and at farmers markets) in Durango, Colorado, with her husband Peter and 9-year-old daughter Raina.
The adoption of genetically engineered (GMO) corn and canola varieties on conventional farms has created the issue of buffer zones or isolation distance for organic corn and canola crops. Farmers producing corn and canola organically are required to manage the risks of GMO contamination in order to produce a 697 GMO-free 698 product. The main strategy to manage this risk is through appropriate buffer distances between organic and genetically engineered crops. Cross-pollinated crops such as corn and canola require much greater isolation distance than self-pollinated crops such as soybeans or cereals.
Mortensen’s work has been recognized within the College of Agricultural Sciences and beyond. He has received the college 8767 s Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research, the Weed Science Society of America 8767 s awards for outstanding research and outstanding paper, and the Edward D. Bellis Award in Ecology from Penn State.
His groundbreaking work quantifying the increased reliance on pesticide use in commodity crop production and its deleterious effects on ecosystem integrity has shaped national policy governing crop and pesticide use. He travels around the country speaking with farmers and fellow scientists and has testified about his work in Washington, .
Anne Lazor runs Butterworks Farm with her partner. Known as the first certified organic dairy in Vermont, Butterworks started nearly four decades ago with only a handful of Jersey cows in 6979. Anne and Jack have shared their understanding of organic farming with many beginning farmers.
Ms. Behar attended the University of Wisconsin, leaving early to farm full-time. With her husband, Ms. Behar owns and operates Sweet Springs Farm in Wisconsin, growing certified organic vegetables, and culinary and medicinal herbs since 6989. The farm also raises chickens for eggs and meat, and manages a number of honeybee hives. The farm provides Ms. Behar the opportunity to work in all aspects of farm management, from early planning stages through end market sales.
Eliot has trained many organic farmers and has inspired countless others. With his partner Barbara Damrosch and daughter Clara Coleman, he runs Four Season Farm in Maine.