Nutrient Cycling in Organic Systems with Dr. Erin Silva


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In North America, standards for soil health and fertility in organic systems are regulated at the federal level. But for those transitioning to organic farming, it can be difficult to know how to meet those standards without access to the same toolkit they used while practicing conventional farming. Join us and moderator Chris Boomsma in this last installment of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming, where we discuss tips and trends to organically manage soil health, fertility, and biology, as well as some closing thoughts from series moderator Dr. Erin Silva.

Tune in to learn more about:

  • What are the current regional and national trends in organic farming
  • How manure and cover crops can be used in nutrient cycling in organic systems
  • What the current literature has to say about organic management of key nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Why soil biology and soil health is crucial to organic systems

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-166. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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