Links

Pest, Disease, and Weed Management Links

The IR-4 Project: Biopesticides and Organic Support
Click on "Search the Biopesticide Organic Support Label Database" to search for organic materials by crop, pest and/or problem, and state.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Plant Diagnostic Laboratory
Visit this site to learn more about Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory and how to submit samples for diagnosis.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Backpack Sprayers
This site, target toward small-scale farmers, provides informational videos on using backpack sprayers.

Cornell University: Berry Diagnostic Tool
Identify diseases and production problems in strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and ribes using this guide from Cornell University.

Cornell University Weed Ecology and Management Laboratory: Organic Weed Management
The organic weed management section of the Cornell University Weed Ecology and Management Laboratory covers a variety of topics and techniques, from flame weeding to crop competitiveness.

New Jersey Department of Agriculture: Philip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory
New Jersey’s Philip Alampi Beneficial Insect Laboratory rears beneficial insects. A list of insects and contact information for the laboratory can be found on this page.

Newsletters

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: The Blueberry Bulletin
Published weekly throughout the season, this bulletin provides timely information for NJ blueberry growers.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Plant and Pest Advisory
The Plant and Pest Advisory newsletter is the source for current information on insects, diseases, and weeds affecting commercial growers in New Jersey. There are separate issues for vegetable crops; fruit; field and forage crops; and landscape, ornamentals, nursery and turf.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Plant and Pest Advisory (1995-2012)
Past issues of the Plant and Pest Advisory, including the Organic edition issued from 2000-2003, can be found here.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Sustainable Farming on the Urban Fringe
A great blog from Jack Rabin, Associate Director of Farm Programs at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 

Cornell University: Scaffolds Fruit Journal
Scaffolds Fruit Journal, published by Cornell University – New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, with Cornell Cooperative Extension, provides weekly updates on fruit pest management and crop development

UMass Extension: Fruit Notes
Published four times each year, Fruit Notes provides reports on current research from University of Massachusetts and other universities.

Marketing, Economics, and Certification

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Farm Management
The Farm Management page provides tools on budgeting, marketing and management. Resources include an interactive smartform budget, which helps you calculate the net returns per acre on your operation, and reference budgets for organic production of various field crops, fruits, vegetables, and livestock. .

Fresh From Zone 7
A local distribution company connecting producers with restaurants and markets in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania

Organic Materials Review Institute: OMRI Lists
Check here to see if a material is approved for use in organic production.

USDA National Organic Program
The home page for the USDA National Organic Program.

Organic Crop Production

Cornell University: Organic Guides
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station has developed organic production guides for select crops, including cole crops, grapes, peas, and several more.

Disease Resistant Apple Breeding Program
Working together, researchers from Purdue University, Rutgers University, and University of Illinois have developed disease resistant apple cultivars, including Pristine™.

Penn State Extension: Organic Vegetable Production
This page, from Penn State Extension, discusses organic vegetable production in the United States, providing introductory information to the certification process, organic farm planning, and organic production practices. Of particular interest is a table listing factors affecting organic production of selected crops.

University of Wisconsin: Uncommon Fruit
University of Wisconsin researchers have developed a great resource for growers, providing information on a range of "uncommon, unusual, and overlooked" fruits.

University, Organization, and Government Resources

Rutgers University: Student Sustainable Farm
Visit this site to learn more about the Student Sustainable Farm at Rutgers and their community supported agriculture program.

New Jersey Department of Agriculture
New Jersey Department of Agriculture home page

New Jersey Farm Bureau
New Jersey Farm Bureau home page

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey
NOFA-NJ hosts an annual winter conference, as well as other events throughout the year.

American Society for Agronomy: Organic Management Systems
Within the American Society of Agronomy is the Organic Management Systems Community. As members of this community, scientists research organic production systems and exchange information with colleagues in order to support organic producers.

Cornell University: Organic Farming Research
Cornell Small Farms Program’s Campus to Farm Guide summarizes valuable agricultural research conducted at the university.

Floriculture InfoSearch
A new search engine to help growers find answers to floriculture questions.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, this ATTRA program provides information on sustainable agriculture for producers, consumers, and professionals. Topics include organic farming, local food systems, and energy alternatives. Resources are also available for beginning farmers. ATTRA also hosts an internship database.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Northeast SARE provides information pertinent for Northeast growers.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
The Organic Farming Research Foundation works to expand organic production and support organic producers. OFRF also supports research for organic and sustainable agriculture and provides grants for research, education, and outreach.

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
PASA hosts an annual conference, as well as other educational events year-round. PASA focuses both on sustainable agriculture and local food systems.

The Rodale Institute
The Rodale Institute is a non-profit organization. Rodale supports organic farming by conducting relevant research and providing educational materials for producers and consumers.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SARE is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Find information on research projects and funding opportunities. Also available on this site are a number of fact sheets, bulletins, and other educational materials. Additionally, some books are available for free download.

Organic Livestock and Pasture

Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station: Organic Dairy Initiative
The New York Organic Dairy Initiative, presented by Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station provides information for consumers and producers on organic dairy production.

Soil Management

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: The Soil Profile
The Soil Profile is an annual newsletter on soil and plant nutrition and is published by Joseph Heckman, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Soil Testing Laboratory
Visit this site to learn more about Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory and how to submit samples for analysis.

Organic and Sustainable Land Care

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Center for Turfgrass Science Research
Visit the Center for Turfgrass Science Research page to get the latest research updates from Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: Organic Land Care Program
The Organic Land Care program at Rutgers encourages homeowners and landscapers to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and reduce runoff by using a holistic approach.  This site provides resources for homeowners and professionals, including information on the certification program.

Community Relations and Right-to-Farm

Rutgers University: Reviewing the Right to Farm Act and Accepted Management Practices
A summary page on the Right to Farm Act and Accepted Management Practices

New Jersey Department of Agriculture: Right to Farm Act
On the NJ Department of Agriculture site, find the text of the Act, as well as eligibility, rules, and resources.


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