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Upcoming Events

Free Webinar Series on Soil Health
Join OFRF and eOrganic for a series of webinars focused on the topics covered in OFRF's new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides. The series begins May 9th and is recommended for farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.


Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
Part 1 of the Soil Health and Organic Farming webinar series by OFRF and eOrganic. Presenters Mark Schonbeck and Diana Jerkins of OFRF discuss the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monintor and enhance soil health in organic production. The presentation outlines key organic practices for building soil organic matter and optimizing soil functions in relation to fertility, crop yield, and resource conservation.

Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
Part 2 of the Soil Health and Organic Farming webinar series by OFRF and eOrganic. Presenter Mark Schonbeck discusses integrated organic weed management tools and practices that give crops the edge over weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance.

Practical Conservation Tillage
This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, include practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems. Presenter Mark Schonbeck discusses newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.

Cover Crops: Selection and Management
This webinar focuses on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection
This webinar covers plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota.

Water Management and Water Quality
This webinar focuses on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment
This webinar includes a discussion of the role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for optimizing crop nutrition, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of organic fertility inputs, and adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.

The ABCs of Soil Health
The ABCs of Soil Health will walk you through some of the amazing facts about soil's role in supporting life on this planet, and what we can do to make sure our soils are healthy. 

Our Farms, Our Future Podcast: Dry Farming
n the latest episode of SARE's podcast, Amy Garrett, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, and Ron Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, discuss some of the solutions to water challenges on the farm.

A Biologial Control Buffet in the Salad Bowl of America
Dr. Eric Brennan USDA-ARS
Hedgerows, cover crops, and insectary plants provide biodiversity to help farmers control pests without pesticides.

Lessons from On-Farm Organic Research
Presented at Cornell University by Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain