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Join us August 1st in Jamestown, ND and August 30th in Hiawatha, KS as we talk about organic farming during a full-day Beginning Farmer Series workshop. For more information, or to register, please go to www.nfo.org/FarmStarts/index.html.

From the NOP:

Allowed Actions to Respond to Risks from Avian Influenza: Updated Policy Memo 11-12

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has received questions about the confinement of organic poultry flocks due to recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and...

Below is a link to proposed answers to questions, raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30 day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca.

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A new research study, "Biodiversity and Organic Farming in the United States," led by Carolyn Dimitri, based at New York University, needs the input of certified organic growers nationwide. The study will gather information about opportunities to measure or increase biodiversity in organic farming. Certified organic farmers willing to...

April 4, 2016

The use of Quaternary ammonia sanitizers are allowed under some organic programs with restrictions, but as they are a residual sanitizer, their use is discouraged unless required by regulatory authorities or if other sanitizers are inadequate for the operator’s process. If operators want to use quats, they must have...