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Research Project: Adapting and Expanding High Tunnel Organic Vegetable Production for the Southeast

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research

Project Number: 6036-22000-031-23-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 31, 2021

Objective:
Develop a multi-regional integrated project on organic high tunnel vegetable production systems to address the critical stakeholder needs and priority areas for research, education, and extension.

Approach:
Research and demonstration projects will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of organic and sustainable practices to control insects and diseases in vegetable crops in organic (or those transitioning to organic) high tunnel production systems in the southeast. These will provide opportunities to farmers, peri-urban producers, undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty, scientists and project personnel on developing integrated management strategies to strengthen organic production using high tunnels on small farms and vegetable crops. Information generated from the project will be disseminated through outreach activities such as seminars, workshops, field days, and publications that will be beneficial to resource-limited, small farm producers and organic or sustainable growers in the southeast.