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Organic Advisory Council Fall Meeting

The Fall meeting of the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, October 29 at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) located at 2811 Agriculture Drive in Madison.

Agenda: FINAL October 29 2013 Agenda

DRAFT minutes: DRAFT October 29, 2013 Minutes

The featured guest at the meeting was Jimmy Bramblett, State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin, who was appointed in 2012. The conversation will include an opportunity for attendees to meet Bramblett and allow the Council to share information about the organic farming community in Wisconsin.

The meeting included reports from state and federal government agencies. Updates were also given on the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Farm Bill and genetically modified organisms.

The next meeting of the Organic Advisory Council will be January 15, 2014.

To learn more, contact DATCP’s Laura Paine at 608-224-5120 or laura.paine@wi.gov. For additional information on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council, visit http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Organic_Farming/Advisory_Council.

March 18, 2013 Organic Advisory Council Meeting

MADISON – The spring meeting of the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council was held on Monday, March 18 at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison.  The Agenda and DRAFT March 18 2013 Notes are available for this meeting.

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council brings together public and private resources to advise government agencies on organic issues and support organic production, processing and purchasing opportunities in the state. The public is welcome to attend the Council’s quarterly meetings.

The March meeting opened with recommendations from the nomination committee for the four open seats on the Council. The Council has twelve members, and each year four of the three-year terms expire.

Steve Ingham, DATCP’s Food Safety Division Administrator, made a presentation to the Council on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Following this presentation, Council members discussed updates on their 2013 priorities. A power point of his presentation is available here (Ingham FSMA presentation).

During new business, Dr. Paul Mitchell from the University of Wisconsin-Madison discussed the implications of the report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency on the crop insurance program for organic farmers. Mitchell’s presentation is available here (Mitchell Crop Insurance Presentation). The report is available at http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/05601-0006-KC.pdf.

The meeting concluded with old business and agency reports. For a meeting agenda, directions or other information, please contact Laura Paine, DATCP’s Organic Agriculture Specialist, at 608-224-5120 or laura.paine@wi.gov.

January 7, 2013 Organic Advisory Council Meeting

MADISON The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council met on Monday, January 7 at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) located at 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison. Please see links to the Council’s agenda and FINAL Minutes from the January meeting.

The Council began the new year by discussing a reorganization of roles and outlining Council priorities. Possible new priorities for 2013 include trying to keep organic acres in production and providing input to the National Organic Standards Board on the National Organic Program. The meeting included updates from state and federal government agency partners.

The twelve-member Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council meets quarterly to advise agencies, farmers, processors and consumers on organic agriculture issues. Information about the Council is at http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Organic_Farming/Advisory_Council.

For more details, contact Laura Paine, DATCP’s Organic and Grazing Specialist, at 608-224-5120 or laura.paine@wi.gov.

October 2012 Organic Advisory Council Meeting

Click here for the agenda of the October 29, 2012 Organic Advisory Council Meeting: FINAL October 29 2012 Agenda

Click here for draft minutes of the October 29, 2012 Organic Advisory Council Meeting: DRAFT October 29 2012 notes

MADISON Become engaged in the organic industry conversation by attending the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council meeting on Monday, October 29. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison from 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In addition to time for public comment, the agenda includes reports from agency partners and the National Agricultural Statistics Service on a newly released 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey. Among the findings in that survey is the fact that Wisconsin is a national leader in organic field crops acreage with more than 110,000 acres harvested in 2011.

Members will also discuss Council priorities for 2012 and begin planning priorities for 2013. 2012 priorities have included the Farm Bill, genetically modified organisms and the federal food safety law. The Council will hear an update on National Organic Standards Board activities and identify issues of importance to Wisconsin organic farmers and processors.

The Organic Advisory Council promotes Wisconsin’s national leadership in organic agriculture by offering advisement on critical organic issues. The twelve member Council supports organic production, processing and purchasing opportunities for Wisconsin farmers, processors and consumers.

For more information, contact Laura Paine, DATCP’s Organic and Grazing Specialist, at 608-224-5120 or

laura.paine@wi.gov. Connect with DATCP on Twitter at twitter.com/widatcp or Facebook at facebook.com/widatcp.

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