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UMaine Cooperative Extension: Insect Pests, Ticks and Plant Diseases


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APPLE Pest Management - Organic orchard resources

Resources for Organic Growers

  • OrganicA Project: A research and demonstration project housed at University of Vermont to provide information for New England apple growers interested in organic apple production.
  • Applenet is an online discussion group for alternative methods of commercial apple production.

Organic Apple certification

For growers with over $5000 annual sales, products can only be called “organic” if they have been USDA organically certified. Essentially (with only rare exceptions) only products that either

  1. have organic approval statement on their EPA label
  2. appear on either the OMRI organic spray materials list (Organic Materials Review Institute)
  3. or appear on the Washington State organic materials list are allowed to be applied to crops if they are going to be labeled organic.

The registered certifying agency in Maine is MOFGA Certification Services. Certifying agents from other states can also be used in Maine.

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Contact Information

UMaine Cooperative Extension: Insect Pests, Ticks and Plant Diseases
491 College Avenue
Orono, Maine 04473-1295
Phone: 207.581.3880, 800.287.0279 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System