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Developing an organic commercial production system for the Goji berry

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Investigator: Norma Wilson, Butterfuly Hill Plants, Lovettsville, VA
Project location: Lovettsville, VA

Investigating the effects of shade canopy management on natural enemies, pests, plant damage and yield in organic coffee plantations

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Investigator: Stacy Philpott, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Project location: Chiapas, Mexico

Many conservation organizations and ecologists have promoted organic shade coffee farming as a direction towards agroecosystem sustainability and protection of tropical biodiversity. Coffee was traditionally grown under a native shade tree canopy, and ecological studies demonstrate that organic, shade-grown coffee provides much-needed habitat for migratory birds, mammals, and arthropods.

Investigating the use of buckwheat strips to attract beneficial insects for the management of Colorado potato beetle

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Investigator: Robert Hadad, Cornell Regional Vegetable Program, Lockport, NY
Project location: Four organic farms in upstate New York

Hops Show Potential as Complement to Orchard Systems: Adapting organic apple practices for Great Lakes Region organic hops production

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Investigator: Matthew Grieshop, Assistant Professor of Organic Pest Management, Organic Pest Management Lab, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Project location: AlMar Orchards, Flushing, Michigan

Integrating bats into organic pest management

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Investigator: Steve Tennes, Country Mill Farms, Charlotte, Michigan
Project locations: This project will be conducted at seven farms in southern Michigan over a total of three summers (2009-2011). The farms include organic, conventional and mixed operations.

Fungi, predatory mites and guardian plants for thrips IPM in organic greenhouse ornamentals

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Investigator: Margaret Skinner, University of Vermont Entomology Research Lab, Burlington, VT
Project location: River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT (certified organic since 1999)

This project focuses on thrips, one of the most important pests of organic greenhouse production nationally and a common reason why growers suspend organic practices in greenhouse ornamentals, fearing crop loss from this persistent virus-transmitting pest.

Enhancing insect pest management in organic systems using genotypically diverse cultivar mixtures

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Coordinator: John Tooker, Pennsylvania State University
Project location: Russel Larson Agricultural Research Center, Rock Springs, PA

Reducing risk associated with organic snap bean production in Wisconsin

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Investigator: James Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Project location: Wisconsin

Organic Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit: Tools and training in participatory breeding projects for researchers and organic farmers

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Coordinator: Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, Washington
Stakeholders: Any farmer or agricultural researcher interested in participatory plant breeding as a tool for developing organic seed varieties.

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