Action Alert: Call on your Assemblymember to support investments in natural resources solutions to climate change!

California supporters - Please call or write to your Assemblymember asking them to sign on to proposal for $400 million for natural and working lands climate change investments.

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is offering a limited number of scholarships to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings.  

The cultivation of trees on agricultural land helps to enrich soils, maintain soil moisture and stop erosion, provide vital habitat for wildlife, as well as store carbon. This practice, where tree and shrub cultivation is incorporated among crops or pasture, is called agroforestry and is the center of attention in a recent study looking at how to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture. 

Upcoming Webinar: How to Implement and Verify Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Organic Agricultural Systems

Click here to register for this important webinar on October 5th 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time).

BirdResearchImage.pngBirds reduced insect pests in conventional alfalfa by over 33%, according to a new study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. Habitat is key: the reduction of pests occurs where crops are near habitat. The study found that the fields with bordering trees had a lower number of pest weevils near those field borders, indicating that birds are very important pest control operators. When farms provide habitat near food sources (in this case pest insects), they benefit more than those farms without habitat on the edges.