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.
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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