LSU AgCenter Slates Organic Farming Workshop On Sept. 13-14

Carl Motsenbocker  |  8/16/2005 2:05:49 AM

News Release Distributed 08/15/05

Louisiana farmers will have an opportunity to learn about the latest in organic vegetable and fruit production at a workshop and farm tour Sept. 13-14 at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

Presented by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Independent Organic Inspectors Association and the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the workshop will provide an overview of organic production principles, according to Dr. Carl Motsenbocker, professor of horticulture at the LSU AgCenter.

The program will include information about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic standards, pest management, soil fertility and weed management. In addition, producers will learn about resources for organic growers, getting certified, recordkeeping, marketing, budgeting and the money side of risk management.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the Burden Center, which is located at 2560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, and the first day's program will conclude about 4:30 p.m. that day. Lunch will be provided on Sept. 13, but there is no charge for attending the workshop.

The workshop will continue Sept. 14 with a farm tour at Equiterra Farm in Clinton.

"This is a great opportunity for growers and extension personnel to learn the basics of organic cultural practices and the opportunities for organic production in Louisiana," Motsenbocker said.

More information is available from Motsenbocker by calling him at (225) 578-1036.

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Contact: Carl Motsenbocker at (225) 578-1036 or Cmotsenbocker@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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