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Verification of Parasitism of Striped Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits Using Molecular Analyses

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Verification of Parasitism of Striped Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits Using Molecular Analyses

Gladis Zinati1,*, Tara Caton2, Andrew Smith3, Kris Nichols4, Emily Lesher5, and Dana Smith6

1Associate Research Scientist, 2Senior Lab Technician, 3Director of Vegetable Systems Trial, 4Chief Scientist, 5Research Technician, and 6Research Intern
Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
Contact information Email: gladis.zinati@rodaleinstitute.org
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Rodale Institute Animal Operations Tags Last Group of Pigs for 2017

Piglets weaned from their mother are given ear tags for identification and tracking while they grow. Rick Carr, Rodale Institute’s Compost Production Specialist and Animal Husbandry Intern June Chiango tagged 17 piglets this week. These piglets will be part of a research study funded by the UNFI Foundation that monitors growth and development over time. (more…)

Organic Farmers Association Submitted Comments to NIFA

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) solicited public input on the emerging needs and opportunities in food and agricultural research, education, and extension through the initiative, “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.” The Organic Farmers Association (OFA) submitted their comments on behalf of the nationwide organic farmers that the organization supports. (more…)

Progressive Businessman Brings Organics—and Prosperity—to Farmers in India

People often say it takes a village to raise a child. But as Rodale Institute’s executive director Jeff Moyer learned on a recent trip to India, sometimes it takes a special individual to raise a village.

While in New Delhi attending the 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM-Organics International, Moyer had the unique opportunity to meet with Sudheer Mudar, a forward-thinking entrepreneur who is using his organic essential oils export business, Mudar India Exports, to transform poor farming communities in the region. And as Moyer and his travel companions—Tom Harding of The Brice Institute in Wind Gap, Pa., and Pedro Landa, director of OIA in Argentina—discovered during the course of the visit, it all began with a transition to organic. (more…)

Rodale Institute’s Exchange Program with Argentina

For the last six years Rodale Institute and OIA, a certifying body for organic agriculture in Argentina, have been participating in an exchange program. With high-hopes to share research, agricultural practices, farming experiences, and more importantly, build new relationships between the two countries, the continuing support organic farmers give each other, can promote organic agriculture on a global level. (more…)

Organic Farmers Association Urges Implementation of Animal Welfare Rules

The Organic Farmers Association calls on the USDA to implement the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) without delay. The OLPP or "animal welfare" rule would allow the National Organic Program to consistently enforce stronger animal welfare standards on organic farms and remove loopholes being taken advantage of by some large operations. (more…)