A Look at the Newly Released Organic Pasture Rule Webinar

Organic Agriculture March 28, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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.

About Kerry Smith

Dr. Kerry R. Smith is a Livestock and Meat Marketing Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Florida and her Doctorate from the University of Georgia, both in Animal Science with an emphasis on meat science and muscle biology. Dr. Smith is currently working with the National Organic Program to coordinate the rollout and implementation of the Access to Pasture Rule.

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eOrganic is the Organic Agriculture Community of Practice at eXtension.org. Our website  at http:www.extension.org/organic_production contains articles, videos, and webinars for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.

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