CureZone
  All Blogs
    Plant Your Dream!

Blog: Plant Your Dream!
by YourEnchantedGardener

11535 blog entries; 17 entries per page; 1 pages; viewed 11,300,483 times
Description   |     |     |   Rules   |   Disclaimer

ADVERTISEMENTS
 
Medianet Ads



ADVERTISEMENTS
 

Truth About Drinking Water
Thousands of chemicals are hidden in your water, learn how they ...


Purest Body Products
No solvents, no heavy metals, organic, vegan, no animal testing


Original Hulda Clark
Free Shipping on Hulda Clark orders over $29


Utopia Silver Supplements
Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine, ”What the Coming Food Collapse M...


Oasis Advanced Wellness
Premium natural health supplements including intraMAX superior orga...

Organic Listening Session News Story on USDA Site

Organic Listening Session News Story on USDA Site

Date:   10/11/2011 1:49:17 PM   ( 3 y ) ... viewed 495 times





http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/09/21/listening-session-gives-the-floor-to-organic...

Listening Session Gives the Floor to Organic Community

Posted by Miles McEvoy, Director of National Organic Program, on September 21, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) was all ears on Tuesday as it opened up its hall to organic stakeholders to ask the question, “What activities should the Department focus on to serve the organic community?”

Many took the opportunity to respond. During a day-long listening session hosted by USDA, organic stakeholders shared their thoughts, concerns, praises, and requests with the department that administers the organic certification program and enforces the country’s organic standards.

The USDA’s National Organic Program, part of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), currently serves a $29 billion industry on a budget of less than $7 million—and the industry continues to grow amidst challenging economic conditions. In support of that growth, USDA has a goal to increase the number of certified organic operations to over 20,000 by 2015–that’s a 20 percent growth from 2009.


Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan addresses stakeholders and members of the public during the USDA Activities and Priorities Related to Organic Agriculture and Markets Public Listening Session held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Washington DC, Tuesday, September 20, 2011. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.
This challenge served as an important backdrop for USDA to hear feedback from the community on how the agency could prioritize its resources and shape future workplans related to organic agriculture and markets. Anchoring the panel of listeners were Mark Lipson, organic policy advisor to the Secretary and key coordinator of the department’s organic agenda, and myself, as well as a host of rotating officials who represented agencies like the Foreign Agriculture Service, which engages in trade negotiations to expand agricultural product exchange with other countries, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

A full spectrum of topics was covered during the day. Some shared their concerns about effects of genetic engineering on their businesses (genetic modification is an excluded method in the organic standards). Some emphasized the need to continue international negotiations that would facilitate trade and expand markets for their organic products. Some recognized the value of small farmers in organic sector innovation. Others highlighted the vital role of NOP enforcement in ensuring organic integrity. And still others highlighted the importance of engaging a new generation of farmers and expressed their support of programs that help alleviate the cost of certification.

The wide range of topics and the people who shared them speak to the unique market value of USDA organic and the desire of organic stakeholders to protect the integrity of the seal.

A transcript of the listening session will be available on the AMS website soon. For those that were not able to attend in person, we are continuing to accept comments about the activities and priorities related to our continued support of organic agriculture production, handling, and markets. Comments should specifically address the activities of the NOP and/or other USDA agencies and programs. You can submit them to 2011organiclistening@ams.usda.gov through Oct. 1, 2011.

Tags: AMS, EQIP, Kathleen Merrigan, Mark Lipson, National Organic Program, NRCS, organic
Conservation
2 Responses to “Listening Session Gives the Floor to Organic Community”
Brian Rakita says:
09/21/2011 at 4:34 PM
I’d like to see commodity crop subsidies phased out and replaced with subsidies for organic (and conventional) crops identified by the FDA as deficient in the American diet. In addition to solving a lot of our erosion and mono-cropping dilemmas, it will have a hugely positive impact on our health as a nation.

B. Sea says:

09/23/2011 at 4:16 PM
One has to ask why USDA has the goal of increasing organic operations… why isn’t this simply left to the market? Is it because USDA has now come to believe that organic is somehow better than…. what? Organic is not equivalent to sustainable. Sustainability is based on many factors and management is the single key one. Any size or type of farm can be sustainably managed. There seems to be too much biting the hook by USDA around organic. By many definitions, reducing erosion, soil compaction, chemical use, and other inputs are key indicators of sustainability. Guess what, GMO meets all of those with no-till seeding and one pass herbicide application with GPS guidance precision. Let’s not back ourselves into the corner of one management system (organic) is THE answer. It’s not. Neither is GMO for all crops. They each have a place and we need it all. Let’s get USDA out of the business of choosing sides and moving forward on co-existence.



http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/09/2


PHOTOS FROM THE ORGANIC LISTENING SESSION
POSTED ON THE USDA SITE

http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1865294


RELATED :LINKS

ON PEOPLE'S GARDEN
http://www.kmzu.com/2011/03/new-peoples-garden-database/



Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Printer-friendly version of this page
Email this message to a friend
Bookmark this page/Add to Favorites or press Ctrl+D
DISCLAIMER / WARNING   Alert Webmaster



Share:  Facebook  MySpace  Digg  Reddit  StumbleUpon  Furl this page  Delicious  BlinkList  dzone  Simpy.com  Fark.com  BlogMarks  Wists.com  Google

Add This Blog To Your CureZone Favorites!
 
Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Comments (20 of 1554):
Re: Looking in fro… Mayah 59 d
Re: New Gardener H… Mayah 76 d
Re: Reading from "… Mayah 76 d
Re: Soil Mates Hea… koosh… 86 d
Re: Archives Histo… Korne… 6 mon
Re: Dr. Bernard Je… Chef … 6 mon
Table of Contents YOURENC… 7 mon
Re: Up from Here--… Chef … 7 mon
I am so sorry for … South… 8 mon
Re: Cultivating Gr… YOURE… 10 mon
Re: Improving Brai… refre… 11 mon
Re: The Relationsh… daizy… 11 mon
Re: Seeking Answer… The H… 11 mon
Re: Vote Tally in … ren 11 mon
Re: Hooray! Space… Vestn… 11 mon
Re: Hooray! Space… Vestn… 12 mon
Re: Complicated Ja… phelp 14 mon
Re: Table of Conte… YOURE… 14 mon
Re: Trip Plan YOURENCHANT… 15 mon
Re: Tooth problems YOURE… 15 mon
All Comments (1554)

Blog Entries (12 of 11535):
Organic Listening Session Ne…  3 y
Totally out of hiding here n…  3 y
Check water bills-No more le…  3 y
When does Sukkot, the holida…  3 y
1,000,000 more People's Orga…  3 y
Message from the Arundo Dona…  3 y
Job's Return Has Arrived! Bl…  3 y
Bid on Clearing Arundo Donax…  3 y
Enchanted Garden Buying Club…  3 y
Right2Know March Updates, Oc…  3 y
Read Food Rights Updates  3 y
Edible Alchemy Maria Conrad …  3 y
All Entries (11535)

Blogs by YourEnchantedGardener (8):
Recovered Blogs #2436-#2168  7 y  (74)
Heart's Desire  6 y  (33)
Season of the Essenes  7 y  (26)
Plant Parenthood Activity  5 y  (22)
Great Earth Cleanup!  7 y  (17)
Dr. Bernard Jensen- "Keepin…  30 mon  (12)
Essene Healing Mysteries  5 y  (7)
Joe The Farmer's Comeback  7 y  (1)

Similar Blogs (10 of 185):
Brain Boot Camp or …  by kerminator  9 h
Kinesiology  by iamnatural  17 h
EarthSpirit  by Mayah  54 h
Carpets & Health Is…  by danj  64 h
Twisting the Cat’s …  by Savagegrace  3 d
Sleep issues  by nuvigionline  3 d
Son of Truth of Self  by Chef JeM  3 d
Mother Earth Heals  by Liora Leah  3 d
affordable cold pre…  by juice.for.life  4 d
Narcoleptic 10 year…  by nutritione2017  6 d
All Blogs (1,019)


Truth About Drinking Water
Thousands of chemicals are hidden in your water, learn how they ...


High Blood Pressure?
3 easy exercises drop blood pressure below 120/80 as soon as today


Kidney Stones Remedy
Hulda Clark Cleanses


Purest Body Products
No solvents, no heavy metals, organic, vegan, no animal testing


Utopia Silver Supplements
Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine, ”What the Coming Food Collapse M...


Oasis Advanced Wellness
Premium natural health supplements including intraMAX superior orga...


Lugol’s Iodine Free S&H
J.Crow’s® Lugol’s Iodine Solution. Restore lost reserves.

Back To Top

Selected Ads from CureZone Sponsors: Become a Sponsor

VIP

Best Iodine Supplements
Dr Group Analyzes the 3 Best Kinds! Lugols, Potassium, & Nascent Iodi...
Water Toxicity Level Increasing
Thousands of chemical are hidden in your water, learn how you...
High Blood Pressure?
How 3 easy exercises drop blood pressure below 120/80 as soon as today
Restore Your Joints !
”ArthroWell changed my life ! Without the side-effects of phramaceutica...
 
 

PLAT

Did you poop today?
All natural constipation relief!
Epsom Salt Encapsulated
Hulda Clark Cleanse Kits
Free Book by Dr. Clark!
Bestselling author Dr. Hulda Clark claims to have cured cancer
Natural Cancer Remedies
 
 

GOLD

Proven medical anti-diabetic benefits
Electrolyzed drinking water significantly reduces blood...
Rose Laurel OPC Capsules
15% Off With Curezone Discount Code Of Lr001
Destroy Parasites Quickly
Learn How to Destroy Parasites And Be Free of Your Unbearable Sympt...
 
 

GOLD

Detoxify and Cleanse Naturally
Drink ionized alkaline waters medically proven health benefits...
 
 

SILVER

Lugol’s Iodine Free S&H
J.Crow’s® Lugol’s Iodine Solution. Restore lost reserves.
Em-Pro Probiotic
2/3 of your immune system reside in your gut
The Tesla Shield™
Transformational Technology For Mind Body And Soul.
Oasis Advanced Wellness
Premium natural health supplements including intraMAX superior organi...
 
 
Back To Top How many people click on the sponsord links? Become a Sponsor



 


Guest Book - Liver Flush FAQ - News - Link Exchange - Add URL - How To Exchange Links? - About Global Directory

Terms of Service - Privacy Policy - Spam Policy - Disclaimer - Guidelines & Rules - Forum Trolls - Fair use notice

Homepages:  Owen - Wrenn - Maya


CureZone Newsletter is distributed in partnership with www.netatlantic.com


Contact Us - About - Sponsors - Stats



Copyright 2014  curezone.org


fetched in 0.82 sec at 10/19/2014 11:24:01 PM, requested by 54.234.225.23, referred by http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=1868165 , requested 1 pages during this session, y=2