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Meet Kate Mendenhall, Director of Organic Farmers Association

"I have been waiting my whole professional life for the Organic Farmers Association! We as organic farmers need a strong voice in DC advocating our positions on organic issues---asking organic farmers what they really need and want and working with existing organic organizations to make it a reality at the federal level. Together we'll build a stronger organic farmer movement!" (more…)

Integrating Livestock Project Tests Concern of Potential Human Pathogens in Organic Meat

Researchers at Rodale Institute, Iowa State University, and the University of Minnesota are in the third year of a four-year project titled "Integrating Crops and Livestock in a Systems Approach to Enhance Organic Farm Stability, Safety and Resilience." Funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative, this project evaluates the production, environmental, and economic benefits of growing cash crops with forage crops for grazing, including small grains and hay crops for livestock feed. They are comparing two crop rotations—pasture-winter wheat-soybean-pasture and pasture-winter rye/hairy vetch-corn-pasture—and grazing dairy steers on the cover crops as a method of integrating livestock and organic cropping systems. (more…)

Rodale Institute’s Compost Production Specialist Teaches Kutztown University Students about Solid Waste

Solid waste is not a typical topic of conversation. However, for 15 KU students enrolled in Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV100) it was the highlight of their afternoon. On Friday, March 24, Rodale Institute’s very own Compost Production Specialist, Rick Carr, was invited by Julie Palkendo, class instructor, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Interim Coordinator of the Environmental Science Program at KU, to lecture a group of mainly freshmen and sophomores about compost and how composting fits into the larger picture of solid waste management. (more…)

Continuing to Learn After 82 Years of Beekeeping

Beekeeping may seem uncomplicated and static, but with changing seasons, diseases, and agricultural trends, there’s always something new. Paul Wikerd, 97, has been beekeeping since he was 15 and along with Rodale Institute, he’s still learning. Wikerd recently purchased two colonies from Rodale Insitute through Michael Schmaeling, Rodale Institute’s resident beekeeper, and now the unlikely pair hopes to collaborate on apiary research. (more…)

Kutztown University Signs Research Affiliate Agreement with Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute and Kutztown University signed a cooperative agreement on Monday, Feb. 27, that will establish research affiliates for the mutual benefit of both institutions. The agreement will create opportunities for students to partner with university faculty and Rodale Institute personnel on field research in the areas of soil health, organic practices for farming and pest management, composting and pollinators. Students will also be able to intern at the Rodale Institute. (more…)

Rodale Institute Announces Funding Award from PA Vegetable Marketing & Research Program and PA Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA)

The Rodale Institute announces a $5,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program and the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association. This funding will support Dr. Gladis Zinati's research project entitled  in the “Impact of Insectary Strips to Control Cucumber Beetles”. (more…)