Systems of Transition from Conventional to Organic Agricultural Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1999: $212,247.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $88,125.00
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
James Kotcon
College of Agriculture, Forestry & Consumer Sciences

Annual Reports

Information Products


  • Agronomic: millet, potatoes, rapeseed, rye, soybeans, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: apples
  • Vegetables: beans, peas (culinary), peppers, tomatoes, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: ornamentals
  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, grazing - continuous, free-range, manure management, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, preventive practices, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, winter forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, budgets/cost and returns, agricultural finance
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, botanical pesticides, compost extracts, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, physical control, mulching - plastic, prevention, row covers (for pests), mulching - vegetative, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, permaculture, transitioning to organic, integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.