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AnnouncementFebruary 11, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar and to invite you to participate in a research project. 
Webinar: Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production
Please join us on Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time, for a webinar on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Organic Program (NOP) will provide an overview of the new NOP guidance concerning natural resources and biodiversity conservation. The guidance provides examples of practices that support the conservation principles and demonstrate compliance with USDA organic regulations. This webinar will also share opportunities for USDA NRCS to support producers as they implement these conservation practices.
Pre-registration is not required for this webinar session.

To participate or to learn more about receiving continuing education credits for this webinar, access the  Conservation Webinar Portal and click How to join the webinar

Contact for more information. 

Survey on the Use of Soil Amendments in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
In a national effort to evaluate the needs and concerns of organic producers about the safe use of manure and compost in the production of organic produce, U.C. Davis, The Organic Center and Organic Trade Association are conducting a farmer-focused survey to characterize the use of manure and compost based soil amendments.
This survey relates to the ongoing implementation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This survey is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

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