As with the rest of the US, interest in organic agriculture in Georgia is growing. As of 2008, the USDA reports that there were 67 certified organic farming operations in Georgia with a total of 4,341 acres in production. Organic agriculture relies on "ecosystem management" to enrich the soil, manage pests and disease, and produce a healthy product, rather than turning to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that may pollute the environment and prove to be unsustainable.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Organic Vidalia Onion Production
- Managing Organic Refuse: Options for Green Industry Professionals
- Food Waste Composting: Institutional and Industrial Application
- Simulating Crop Rotations in the Coastal Plain with the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2
- Compost Utilization for Erosion Control
- Composting and Mulching
- How to Convert an Inorganic Fertilizer Recommendation to an Organic One
- Growing Vegetables Organically
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- Researcher at UGA-Tifton working to increase Georgia's organic peanut production
- Parents and children can team up to reduce household waste
- Twilight tour of the University of Georgia's organic farm slated for July 19
- Gardeners often unaware of exposing tomatoes to herbicides
- Alien-looking slime molds come from mulch not Mars
- The squash vine borer: A difficult but manageable garden pest
- Impact Statements: Organic Agriculture
Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge & practices related to organic agriculture.
- Organic Foods — The Facts
Explains how to identify organic food at the grocery and how producers earn this designation.
- Organic Gardening
Presentation slides give a comprehensive and moderately detailed summary of growing plants organically.
- Organic Production
Briefly explains how organic production fits into sustainable agriculture and provides a few links.
- Organic Soil Nutrient Management
Describes in detail the characteristics of quality soil.
- Georgia Organics
Organization promotes sustainable and community-based agriculture with resources for farmers and consumers, education for schoolchildren and home growers, news reports and annual conference.
- USDA National Organic Program
Information for producers and consumers on the federal government's standards program for organic agricultural products.