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AnnouncementApril 19, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to share a link to the recent organic livestock and poultry practices webinar and to highlight a blog on growth in the organic industry. We are also pleased to share information on trends in the organic market and details of an upcoming webinar.
OLPP Webinar Slides Available
The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted the April 15 public webinar slides and recording regarding the Proposed Rules for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. 
Access the slides, recording, and additional information on the proposed rule at:
USDA Blog Highlights Organic Industry Growth in Organic Industry
In a USDA blog published yesterday, NOP Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy highlights recent growth in the organic industry. 
AMS Highlights Market Trends in Organic Grains
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry, and Grain (LPG) Market News recently published the National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs report. Published bi-weekly, this report provides organic price information at the farm gate and on a delivered elevator basis. The report also highlights the market's spot trade and forward contract activity.

For more information on market trends for organic grains, view the National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs Bi-weekly report
Free Webinar on How to Evaluate Economic Benefits of Local Food Systems
On Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m. (EST), the authors of a toolkit to evaluate the economic impacts of investing in farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), food hubs, and other local food systems will discuss the resource they developed during a free 90 minute webinar.
The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices, developed by AMS in cooperation with Colorado State University, uses real-world projects, experiences, and applied research to help community leaders, planners, economic development specialists, public agencies, and private businesses or foundations evaluate the economic benefits of local and regional food systems.
To register, go to If you experience any technical issues, please email or call Ruth Willson at or (970) 491-6988.

If you have any other questions, please email: 
About the Agricultural Marketing Service
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