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December 01, 2008

Organic Grain Project receives NCRS grant

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant to N.C. State University to support development and education of a cover crop and no-till production method for organic grains.

The NRCS awarded N.C. State and its collaborating partner, the Center for Agriculture Partnerships, $249,289 to demonstrate and promote adoption of an innovative cover crop management system (roll kill/no-till) that significantly reduces tillage and resource concerns in organic grain rotations in the Southeast.

Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton, project director and professor in the Department of Crop Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said that the intensive tillage needed in organic grain production to control weeds can be the biggest environmental resource concern in an otherwise environmentally-friendly production method. Cover crop mulches are used by farmers to control weeds, supply nitrogen and reduce soil erosion.

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Posted by Natalie at December 1, 2008 11:06 AM