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USDA invites Alcorn scientist to conduct webinar on organic production

Dr. Girish Panicker, director of conservation research at Alcorn State University, has been invited by the USDA to conduct a webinar on organic production and its impact on environment” at its Organic Farming Systems Research Conference at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., March 16 -18, 2011.

The webinar titled “Transition to Organic Fruit Production-Impacts on Yield and Environmental Performance in a Muscadine Vineyar”’ is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2011, at 9:25 a.m. eastern time (8:25 a.m. CST).

Dr. Panicker started his Transition to Organic research in 2000 and has completed eleven years of work on muscadine grapes making it the first long-term research in the nation on this native fruit crop. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Copenhagen University, Denmark, two other research organizations, which have completed more than ten years work on this field, have also been invited to conduct a webinar.

Dr. Panicker serves as an advisory committee member of the National Organic Farming Research Foundation where he represents all the 1890 land-grant universities.