New York, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2013
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, commends New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for teaming up to promote organic farming throughout the state.
According to an October 6, 2013 article published by the Carlsbad Current Argus, titled, “NMSU and NMDA work together to boost organic farming,” since the beginning of its organic program launch in 1991, New Mexico has certified $61 million in organic crops. Currently, over 10 percent of produce consumed in the United States is certified organic.
As more public awareness of the benefits of organic nutrition spreads, the demand for organic produce increases. However, many organic farmers are finding it difficult to keep up with rapidly-increasing consumer needs, especially in New Mexico. The article states that many organic farmers in New Mexico are having difficulty receiving soil certification for organic production, as well as finding ways to control pests and weeds. Because of this, New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture have joined forces to boost production and meet consumer need demand by supporting organic farming.
Mark Uchanski, assistant professor of horticulture in the NMSU Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, believes this partnership will give the state’s organic farmers the information they need to succeed. “NMSU can serve organic farmers in the state by doing research that is specific to irrigated desert systems,” he says. “Organic growers need information, and working with NMDA, we can provide that information by testing in the field to give them solutions."
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, commends the state of New Mexico for its proactive approach toward organic farming. “The NMDA, in collaboration with NMSU, will be able to find more effective ways of helping organic farmers grow healthy crops and meet consumer demand.”
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.