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Production Considerations

COMPOSTING, MANURE AND BIOSOLIDS

Composting Poultry Mortality
Guide from N.C. State University on how to properly compost dead chickens. Includes self-assessment on current composting practices, composting facts, how to apply to fields, glossary, references and contacts for more information.

Minimizing Food Safety Hazards for Organic Growers (PDF)
Resource from the University of Florida emphasizes the areas in which organic producers can most significantly reduce the food safety risk for their consumers.

On-farm Waste Management Fact Sheets
Searchable publication list for biosolids and best management practices for on-farm composting. Developed by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers.

U.S. EPA Biosolids

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines biosolids and gives guidance for the use of biosolids as fertilizers.

PEST MANAGEMENT

National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property, serves as a comprehensive resource for consumers, media, educators and pest control professionals.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Pest Management
This series of publications offer a wide array of techniques and controls to effectively reduce or eliminate damage from insects, diseases and weeds without sacrificing the good of the soil, water or beneficial organisms.

USDA NRCS: Pest Management
Pest management in the Natural Resources Conservation Service is primarily focused on helping producers mitigate the environmental risks of pest control activities, including pesticide risks to soil, water air, plants, animals and humans.

N.C. Small Fruit and Specialty Crop IPM
Dr. Hannah Burrack, Extension specialist with N.C. State University, maintains a blog with the latest updates, tools and information on integrated pest management (IPM) of small fruits and specialty crops in North Carolina.

Bird and Rodent Repellent
Small animals, such as birds and rodents, pose a unique risk to the safety of fresh produce. The following are a sampling of products that may be useful in deterring or eliminating these pests. Bird repellent ideas include owls, scarecrows, windmills, rubber snakes, audible sounds, inflatable ball with eyes and reflexive tape.