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111 WORKSHOP 17A Organic Production of Herbs and Medicinal Plants

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consequences of inadequate K can be severe for crop growth and efficient utilization of other nutrients such as N and P. Maintenance of adequate K is essential for both organic and conventional crop production. Supplemental K is sometimes called “potash,” a

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organic growers. Organic production is usually constrained by not allowing synthetic chemicals in production, yet organic production can gain more economic return from increased yield with higher prices of organic crops. To the best of our knowledge, no

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strong historic baseline for succeeding in the return to organic production, although some key risk factors remain to be solved. To achieve this holistic vision of an integrated organic system, specific obstacles to commercial production were addressed in

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Organic vegetable production under glass or in other protected environments, hereto referred as controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) is growing, according to the 2014 census of organic agriculture reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Philosophies of nutrient management in organic production systems focus on maintaining agricultural productivity with minimal inputs ( Elmaz et al., 2004 ; Stockdale et al., 2001 ). The end goal of nutrient management in organic agriculture is to

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quality and mild flavor ( Boyhan and Torrance, 2002 ). Organic production, which has been around for over 30 years, has gained new impetus with the adoption of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP), which defines organic

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nutrients to the developing seedlings ( Weston and Zandstra, 1989 ). The nutrient management aspect for conventionally grown transplants has been extensively researched and largely optimized; however, there are challenges for organic transplant production

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50%. In Georgia, almost 8000 ha are produced, with a farm gate value of more than $124 million ( Wolfe and Stubbs, 2016 ). Organic and local vegetable production (defined as within 100 miles of sale or consumption) has grown dramatically during the

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at $33.5 million and is produced on 3400 acres ( Wolf and Shepherd, 2012 ). Organic farming has seen a surge in production in the last 15–20 years. From 1992 to 2008, total certified farm land has increased 5-fold from around 900,000 acres to 4

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