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Sustainable & Organic Agriculture

Featured stories about sustainable and organic agriculture appear in this issue.

MSU adds organic trials

  • May 1st, 2007

Michigan State’s Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station plans to go more organic, converting much of its open space to organic and transitional tree fruit research. [...]

Making the switch

  • May 1st, 2007

Culls from Jim Koan’s organic apples are used in the making of organic, fermented hard cider sold under the J.K. Scrumpy’s label. Scrumpy’s, now [...]

  • China's apple production shifts

China's apple production shifts

  • May 1st, 2007

A demonstration and research orchard in China’s Shaanxi Province. China’s apple production is increasing in its western provinces. Apple production [...]

Demand grows for organic fruit

  • May 1st, 2007

Consumer demand for organic foods continues to expand at 15 to 20 percent per year in the United States. Recent research indicates that 23 [...]

  • Mulling over mulches

Mulling over mulches

  • May 1st, 2007

David Granatstein, who has studied mulches in tree fruit and organic systems, believes that some of the benefits seen [...]

Organic wine sales are growing

  • May 1st, 2007

Producing organic wines requires more than just using organically grown wine grapes. To be labeled "organic," no sulfites can be added to the wine, [...]

Flavonoid-rich foods favored

  • May 1st, 2007

Apples, pears, and red wine may help reduce coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women because of their high flavonoid content, according [...]

  • Mulch considerations

Mulch considerations

  • May 1st, 2007

David Granatstein, Washington State University, recommends growers consider the following before using a mulch. • What is the [...]

Stemilt is set to grow

  • May 1st, 2007

Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee—already one of the largest tree fruit growing, packing, and marketing operations in Washington State—is projecting phenomenal growth within the next [...]

Are organic apples better quality

  • May 1st, 2007

Organic apples may be firmer and have better storability than apples grown conventionally, a Washington State University study suggests. In the study, organically grown [...]

  • Boosting on-farm income

Boosting on-farm income

  • May 1st, 2007

Jane Eckert, who pursued a career in corporate marketing before returning to her large family farm operation, now helps growers market agriculture [...]

Sustainable marketing

  • May 1st, 2007

Fruit growers in Switzerland say they have solved the problem of how to get retailers to handle unknown apple varieties. It began as [...]

Organic on the rise

  • May 1st, 2007

The marketing outlook for organic tree fruit is healthy, but organic marketer Matt Miles cautions conventional growers against making the switch to organic just [...]

Organic apple production up

  • May 1st, 2007

Production of organic apples has increased dramatically in the United States over the last decade, according to the U.S. Apple Association. While total apple [...]