Thursday, March 10, 2011

Free Webinar on “Effective Weed Management Strategies for Your Organic Farm” Registration is Now Open for March 22 Session

The Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) announce the final session for 2011 of a three part series for specialty crop farmers titled “Effective Weed Management Strategies for Your Organic Farm.”

“This webinar will provide growers with information on advanced specialty crop production skills as it relates to weed management in order to fill the increasing demand for locally grown organic products,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA’s Program Director.

Leading the discussion will be Dr. Matthew Liebman, Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture and Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University.

Weeds remain one of the top constraints for organic crop production. Successful weed management without herbicides requires more than better cultivation equipment. Multiple physical, biological, and cultural tactics woven together with basic ecological processes can lead to more effective, lower cost strategies for weed suppression. Liebman will illustrate this approach with examples from agronomic and horticultural cropping systems.

Beth Knorr, of the Countryside Conservancy, said “In Ohio, right now, there are growers hungry for something beyond introductory training that will take their farm business to the next level professionally.”

The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday March 22, 2011.

This web-based seminar will deliver training through the Internet directly to a participant’s computer. They will be able to view the presentation through their browser and listen to the audio portion through their computer speakers or using a call-in phone number. The session will be interactive and allow participants to ask questions and communicate directly with the presenter. All three webinars in the series will be recorded and available on the Countryside Conservancy and OEFFA websites afterwards.

To register for the webinar, go to There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required.

Partial funding for this webinar series is provided through the Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant.

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