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Driftwatch Registry Could Help Protect Sensitive Crops

Certified organic growers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois can register their land in the voluntary Driftwatch(TM) registry to reduce the risk of crop damage from pesticides and fertilizers that are applied on nearby farms.

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Driftwatch Registry Could Help Protect Sensitive Crops

Certified organic growers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois can register their land in the voluntary Driftwatch(TM) registry (www.driftwatch.org) to reduce the risk of crop damage from pesticides and fertilizers that are applied on nearby farms. Managed by Purdue University, the program lets farmers identify the locations of their certified organic fields and pastures using Google Maps. Commercial fertilizer and pesticide applicators can check the database and take care to avoid affecting the certified organic land, preventing problems before they happen.

Certified organic farmers, commercial fruit (including grapes), vegetable, and Christmas tree growers are eligible to register their land. Participants must have at least 1/2 acre of a certified organic or other qualifying crop in commercial production.

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