A new course on Organic Dairy Compliance is now available in the free, online Organic Integrity Learning Center. The course provides an overview of the USDA organic livestock standards with a special focus on dairy operations. Target audiences include certifiers, inspectors and reviewers who assess organic dairies for compliance with the USDA organic regulations, as well organic livestock and dairy operations interested in gaining a better understanding of the federal requirements.
Course lessons include:
- Livestock Requirements Refresher
- Defining the Grazing Season
- Discontinuous Grazing and Confinement
- Best Practices for Inspecting Dairy Operations
Access the New Course
- People with an Account: Access the Learning Center at http://usda.blackboard.com/.
- People without an Account: Review “Getting Started” information and sign up for an account at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/training.
- For questions about the Organic Integrity Learning Center, contact USDA-NOP@apvit.com.
Rodale Institute https://rodaleinstitute.org/why-organic/organic-farming-practices/soil-health/ Rodale Institute’s Transition to Organic – Rodale has free transition consultation for PA Farmers for a limited time (as of 2019). https://rodaleinstitute.org/blog/organic-resources-free-for-pa-farmers/ The Organic Center https://www.organic-center.org/ Organic Farming Research Foundation https://ofrf.org/news/organic-farming-improves-soil-health-1 Organic Pesticides http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/organic.html
Rodale Institute’s farmer consulting services will assist farmers interested in transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture in areas such as certification, crop rotation planning, recordkeeping, marketing, equipment advice, weed control methods, soil sampling, seed sourcing and more. Aiming to take a more active role in supporting organic farmers on the ground, Rodale Institute brings over 70 years of expertise to the table through research and education. While this program is offered to farmers nationwide, Rodale Institute’s consulting services are free to Pennsylvania farmers.https://rodaleinstitute.org/
Making the Transition
USDA Resource Websites for Organic Certification
Two good USDA resources for farmers looking to grow or transition to organic production. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/10%20Guide%20to%20Transitional%20Farming%20FINAL%20RGK%20V2.pdf https://www.usda.gov/topics/organic/get-organic-training-and-transition-assistance
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
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