What does “organic” mean?

You can learn about organic standards at the National Organic Coalition (NOC) Meeting on October 14, 2012, 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Providence Biltmore Hotel , 11 Dorrance St. Providence, RI

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.

NOFA/RI is a member of the NOC through the NOFA Interstate Council.  Meeting topics will include Federal Organic Policy update, Farm Bill Updates, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st-Century Agriculture (AC21) Updates and more.

Join other concerned farmers and consumers  at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. (phone: 800-294-7709)

Coffee, drinks and snacks will be offered; lunch will be on your own prior to meeting.  Please RSVP to Liana Hoodes via email.  To learn more about the NOC, click here.

National Organic Standards Board Meeting 
Oct. 15 – 18, Providence, RI
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) makes recommendations to the USDA about policies for organic certification.  During public meetings, the NOSB discusses their agenda items, listens to public comments and then votes in a public forum. The NOSB submits their final recommendations to the USDA for potential adoption as policy by the USDA.

The NOSB will meet at the Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, on October 15 – 18, 2012.  To view the meeting agenda, proposals for discussion, instructions for registering to comment at the meeting or to submit written comments, click here. (choose October 15 – 18, 2012 on the drop-down menu).

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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