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NC State Extension

Beneficial Insect Habitat Field Day

Whitted Bowers Farm

May 31, 2012

Photo by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Dr. David Orr, Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University, has been working with Tony Kleese of the Earthwise Company and eight North Carolina organic growers for the past two years to evaluate the establishment of beneficial insect habitat on working organic farms. They tested a model that allows farmers to access cost share support from NRCS for habitat establishment.

We had a great turnout of over 40 folks at the May 31 field day at Whitted Bowers Farm in Cedar Grove, NC. David, Tony, and Rob Bowers discussed habitat design considerations and establishment guidelines. The habitat at Whitted Bowers Farm was planted three years ago.

Visit David Orr’s Biological Control Information Center website for more information on this project and to learn how they established this habitat.

Farmer Rob Bowers (far left) discusses the beneficial insect habitat project at his farm.
Rob and his wife Cheri plan to plant additional insect habitat on the farm.

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