We are greatly indebted to our learning group network of Minnesota organic producers. Without their perspectives and input on the concept and contents, this project would not have been possible. We would like to thank the field crews and researchers at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, at the Southern Research and Outreach Center, and at the St. Paul campus for coordinating our organic field research. We would also like to recognize the diligent work other organic researchers in the region, whose data helped support our conclusions. Our gratitude goes to Arlene West for her patience and excellent work on the layout and design.
This manual was funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) through a Research Partnership Grant titled “Tools for Managing Pest and Environmental Risks to Organic Crops in the Upper Midwest”. The RMA was created in 1996 to help farmers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions. For more information about RMA programs and services in Minnesota, call the regional office in St. Paul at 651-290-3304 or visit their website at www.rma.usda.gov.
Other research support for this project is through the “Beyond Corn and Soybean: Alternative Organic Crops for the Upper Midwest” grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). For more information about NIFA and its programs, visit their website at www.csrees.usda.gov, or call 202-720-4423.
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