USDA has long been at the forefront of organic farming. To obtain USDA organic certification, a field must go through a 3-year transition during which only organic amendments are added.
Here at ARS, our scientists help organic farmers overcome the challenges they face related to productivity, environmental stewardship, and energy efficiency. We research the biological and physical processes innate to plants, soils, invertebrates, and microbes that naturally regulate pest problems and soil fertility, providing farmers with natural alternatives to using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to keep their crops healthy and plentiful.
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Can Alfalfa Really Help Save the Planet?
ARS scientists recently found an environmental benefit to growing alfalfa : carbon reduction in the atmosphere.Learn more
Precision Sprayer Cuts Down Pesticide Use
Automated spraying system detects the size, shape and foliage density of trees and apply the optimum amount of pesticide.Learn more
Options for controlling potato crop diseases include spreading plants with oregano.Learn more
Scientists have shown that cover cropping can improve organic weed management.Learn more
Weed Control Methods
Farmers can reduce weeds by instituting complex crop rotations.Learn more
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Fighting Pests the Organic Way
ARS researchers may have found an organic pesticide that could help farmers protect their crops from hungry pests.Learn more