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Survey on Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farms

The University of Wisconsin and the Madison-based FairShare CSA Coalition have launched an online survey to develop financial benchmarks for fresh market vegetable farms. The goal is to get several hundred vegetable farms to complete the survey this winter. To take the survey, click here. Continue reading ‘Survey on Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farms’

Survey on Oats in Horse Diets

Oats have been a component of horse diets for centuries.  The University of Minnesota Extension Horse and Crop Teams are interested to learn how oats are currently used in the horse diet.  Please help us by completing this 13 question survey by Monday, March 20, 2017:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXBTSWL.

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Comment on National Organic Standards Board Topics

New members will join the rest of the NOSB at its spring meeting April 19 – 21 in Denver, Colo. The public comment period prior to that meeting is open through March 30. The board also will take public comments at a webinar April 13. See the agenda of topics and current proposals and access the comment opportunities at the NOSB spring meeting webpage: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/nosb/meetings Continue reading ‘Comment on National Organic Standards Board Topics’

USDA-NASS Certified Organic Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States. Continue reading ‘USDA-NASS Certified Organic Survey’

Comment on National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. Comment by February 21, 2017. Continue reading ‘Comment on National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices’

Comment on Proposed Organic Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new industry-funded research and promotion program. The proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order would cover certified organic products and would include a range of agricultural commodities, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, breads, grains, snack foods, condiments, beverages, and packaged and prepared foods. It would also include non-food items, such as textiles, personal care products, pet food, and flowers. Organic imports – both those certified under the USDA organic regulations and those entering the U.S. under an organic equivalency arrangement – would also be covered. Submit comments by March 20, 2017. Continue reading ‘Comment on Proposed Organic Marketing Order’


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