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.