*Upcoming Webinars from e-Organic


1.* A Look at the Newly Release Organic Pasture Rule by Kerry Smith, USDA*

*When: *March 17, 2010 at 5PM Eastern Time

*Why:* On February 12, 2010, the USDA announced details of the final
regulation regarding access to pasture for organic livestock operations.
This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify
livestock feed and living conditions provisions and specify the use of
pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule is the culmination of a
process that was initiated in 2005 when the National Organic Standards Board
recommended that ruminants obtain a minimum 30 percent dry matter intake for
at least 120 days. The final rule becomes effective on June 17, 2010 (120
days after its publication). In this webinar, Dr. Kerry Smith, USDA AMS
National Organic Program, will give an overview of the main components of
the Pasture Rule. The webinar will end with instructions for submitting any
comments viewers may have on the new Rule to the NOP, as well as taking
suggestions for further webinars on this topic.

*How:* Register online at ** or visit
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2. *Planning Your Organic Farm for Profit, by Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm*

*When: *March 23, 2010 at 2PM Eastern Time

This webinar focuses on a step by step guide to achieving a healthy bottom
line, assessing markets and developing a production plant, a roadmap of how
to grow what you plan to sell.
How:* Register online at ** or visit ** events tab.

3. *The New Agriculture Network and Farmer Participatory Extension*, by
Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Liz Maynard, Dale Mutch, and Dave Campbell

*When:* April 6, 2010 at 12PM Eastern Time

*Why:* The information should be of interest to organic and land grant
community leaders looking for ways to develop multi-state efforts that
promote communication among these groups. New Ag Network coordinators will
discuss the evolution of this network for farmers, researchers and educators
in the Great Lakes Region.
How:* Register online at ** or visit ** events tab.

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