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USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is reminding certified organic poultry producers of steps they can take in response to recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza. A policy memo notes that temporary confinement is allowed for the health of organic poultry and explains how producers can confine birds without jeopardizing organic certification....

USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for crops and handling based on public input and October 2019 NOSB recommendations. This final rule provides additional options for organic farms by adding two substances to the list of substances allowed for organic crop production: fatty alcohols as sucker control in organic tobacco production and potassium hypochlorite to treat irrigation water used in organic crop production....

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its spring meeting virtually, April 26-28, 2022. The NOSB invites public comment, both written and oral, on its agenda topics. To be considered during the Spring 2022 Meeting, written comments must be received by April 1, 2022. Oral comment speaking slots are limited to the number that can be heard during the two webinar days, which are April 19 and 21, 2022. Registration for these slots is first-come, first-served until comment slots are full. The comment webinar and meeting are open to the public....

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Martin Guerena, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s western regional office in Davis, California, speaks with Sean Feder, director of inspection operations for California Certified Organic Farmers.
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USDA announced the appointment of four new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The new members will serve 5-year terms on the 15 member board. New appointees are Liz Graznak of Missouri in an an environmental protection and resource conservation seat, Allison Johnson of California in a public interest or consumer interest group seat, Dr. Dilip Nandwani of Tennessee in the scientist seat, and Javier Zamora of California in a farmer seat....

USDA National Organic Program (NOP) shared the results of an annual peer review process conducted to strengthen its organic accreditation and enforcement program. The 2021 Peer Review Report recommends one area of improvement: risk impartiality analysis. In response, NOP has requested that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) review and facilitate public comment on its draft Risk Mitigation Table, outlining how the program safeguards impartiality in its oversight and enforcement activities....

Organic Seed Alliance and the Accredited Certifiers Association have developed a new course titled "Organic Seed Search" that is offered online through the National Organic Program's (NOP) Organic Integrity learning Center. This course provides best practices for addressing some of the most common challenges that certifiers and inspectors face when reviewing seed searches. The course also explains how to document organic seed searches and provides operations with resources for sourcing more organic seed and conducting variety trials. The Organic Integrity Learning Center is a self-enrolled learning program and all trainings are free....

USDA is accepting applications for up to $20 million in assistance for producers through the new Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program. The program is part of USDA's Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and can help cover eligible expenses incurred during fiscal years 2020, 2021, and/or 2022. The program offers assistance for both certified organic operations and operations that are in transition. The program offers cost share for organic certification expenses, registration for educational events on organic production and handling, and soil testing required under the National Organic Program. Applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 expense cost-shares will...

I had been looking forward to a visit to the Burroughs Family Farms with university extension and beginning farmers alike, to learn from this multigenerational farm family about how they integrate raising pastured laying hens with their certified organic farm enterprises. With a decade of experience with poultry, they are refining their practices by moving coops through their pastures and orchards to build soil health and fertility while producing nutrient-dense eggs. Every season brings new learning opportunities.
By Ann Baier, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...

Burroughs Family Farm Videos Playlist Burroughs Family Farm raises pastured poultry together with other enterprises on their multigenerational, diversified, organic regenerative farm in Merced County, California. Rose Marie “Rosie” Burroughs interviews three generations of family members about daily care of laying hens, organic certification, livestock guardian dogs, fencing, integration of poultry with other enterprises, and mobile henhouse construction. Playlist Videos: Introducing Burroughs Family Farms, an Organic, Regenerative Multi-Generational Farm Burroughs Family Farms: Daily Care of Pastured Poultry Burroughs Family Farms: Organic Certification of Laying Hens Burroughs Family Farms: Livestock Guardian Dogs for Poultry and Sheep Burroughs Family Farms: Fencing for Poultry, Sheep, and Cattle Burroughs Family Farms:...