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Protected Harvest

The Protected Harvest certification program focuses on Integrated Pest Management, an alternative to conventional chemical pesticides that allows for some pesticide use in conjunction with other, lower impact means of pest control, such as introducing beneficial species and crop rotation. Genetic engineering is not allowed and other sustainable agricultural practices, such as soil and water conservation, must be employed.

For the Protected Harvest certification, farmers are scored in a point system in the nine following fields: field scouting, information sources, pest management decisions, field management decisions, weed management decisions, insect management, disease management, soil and water quality, and storage management. The farmer must score above a certain number of points over the nine categories to achieve certification.

Protected Harvest currently certifies potatoes, strawberries, wine grapes, mushrooms, and stone fruits, such as peaches and nectarines.

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