Web site shares organic production insight

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Organic farmers and those considering a transition to organic practices can refer to a new online growing season reference tool from Michigan State University – the New Agriculture Network.

The network is housed at www.ipm.msu.edu/new-ag.htm.

It will feature a semimonthly newsletter throughout the growing season.

Joint effort. The site was created and is maintained by a tri-state extension team made up of specialists from Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois.

Twice a month during the growing season, nine organic growers will share crop updates and advice with Extension staff members from the three universities to generate information for the site.

University specialists will also write articles about a variety of practices and new findings useful for organic growers or those wishing to make the transition to organic practices.

The result will be an online newsletter with a library of resources that can be read on the Internet or printed and distributed.

Field crops, vegetables. Initially, the site will include only information related to field crops and vegetables; it may expand to other commodities later.

Funding to establish the New Agriculture Network was provided by the American Farmland Trust and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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