White-nose syndrome has been confirmed for the first time in Oklahoma, making it the 31st state with the deadly disease that affects hibernating bats. Bats play an important ecological role; each bat can eat up to 3,000 insects, including mosquitoes and agricultural pests, in a single night. Biologists are concerned about how white-nose syndrome will affect the bat populations in the future.
OMRI Newsletter Features Review Panel Member George Kuepper
The June issue of the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) newsletter, OMRI eNews, featured review panel member George Kuepper. Kuepper was horticulture manager at the Kerr Center for nine years, retiring in 2016.
According to its website, ” OMRI is the only independent, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to inputs. OMRI lists input products such as fertilizers, pest controls, and livestock care products that are compliant with organic standards. Allowed products are “OMRI Listed®” and may display the OMRI seal. OMRI verifies input products intended for use in organic production. By focusing exclusively on inputs, OMRI provides essential expertise to support the organic certification process.”
“OMRI’s External Review Panels consist of individuals selected by the Board of Directors to provide expertise in the review of input products…. All Review Panels make final decisions for newly applying products and selected products that undergo re-review.”
The feature on Kuepper read, in full: