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2011-2014 organic
wheat OVT results

Results from 2011-2014 organic wheat OVT's are now available. Click here for a pdf.


2011-2014 organic
wheat OVT results

Results from 2011-2014 organic wheat OVT's are now available. Click here for a pdf.


A niche market for
organic grains?

With 16 distilleries, and more opening in the next few years, NC is the fastest growing distiller-states in the country. And, with nearly 100 breweries and 2 malt houses, the demand for "local" beer is growing. Local products are popular in these industries, and more brewers and distillers want to use local grains such as corn, barley, wheat, and rye. Some want organic, some want conventional (or non-gmo and conventional), some want heirloom. So, we want to develop an Extension program that can help farmers understand these niche markets, as well as help malters/brewers/distillers understand the basics of what goes into producing grain in the state. There are many challenges to think about meeting this market demand, including grain quality specifications, infrastructure, grain cleaning and bagging, seed sourcing, and pricing. Here's where we want your help. What would you like to know about the malting/brewing/distilling market? What are the challenges you foresee? How can we (Extension) help you overcome those challenges? What would you like the malter/brewer/distiller to know about how grain is produced and marketed? If you are one of these end users, what do you want to know about grains in NC? We've developed a (very) short questionnaire to help us write a FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet which we can distribute to farmers and to malters/brewers/distillers to help them understand the market. Click here to get the questionnaire. You can also email me at molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu. Thanks for your help!

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Interested in On-Farm

In the spring of 2009, North Carolina State University and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) embarked on a project to develop field crop varieties specifically selected for the organic production system in the Southeast: Breeding for Organic Production Systems (BOPS). Variety selection is an important part of any farmer’s planning process. Currently the majority of plant breeding is being done by private industry whose focus is producing varieties that work for conventional farms.  This has left organic farmers with very limited choices of varieties available that are both non-GMO and conducive to their unique pest and weed management needs. NCSU and RAFI are working together to create an organic breeding and cultivar testing center that will serve public and private breeders in the Southeast in the development of corn, soybeans, wheat, and peanut varieties. A major part of this project is farmer-led participatory research. Farmers will make realistic assessments of how new breeding lines will perform under actual organic conditions on their farms. The on-farm research plots are significantly larger than the university’s test plots and utilize the farmers’ own equipment to plant and manage throughout the growing season. RAFI provides support with plot design, planting, monitoring, and harvest. You can find information about this project at http://rafiusa.org/bopscoalition/. If you would be interested in having an organic corn, soybean, wheat or peanut variety trial on your farm, please contact Kelli Dale at kelli@rafiusa.org or call 910-890-3464.


New videos on organic
grain production

Three great new videos on important aspects of organic grain production in the southeast are now available for viewing. These videos were co-produced by NC Cooperative Extension, GA Cooperative Extension, and USDA. Click here to view the videos.

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