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 http://www.extension.org/article/26133 or visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu events tab.
2. Planning Your Organic Farm for Profit, by Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm
When: March 23, 2010 at 2PM Eastern Time
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 http://www.extension.org/article/26410 or visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu 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 http://www.extension.org/article/26432 or visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu events tab.
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