National Organic Seed Survey

The USDA National Organic Program announced their “National Organic Seed Survey,” held every five years. The USDA seeks feedback on certified crop producers’ perceptions on organic seed and their current seed usage. Certified organic crop producers are encouraged to take the survey. Responses are confidential; no data will be identified with an individual or farm.  The data will be analyzed and released in the next State of Organic Seed report in 2015.  This report will capture successes, obstacles, opportunities and risks in organic seed systems and will offer detailed recommendations. The online survey deadline is October 3, 2014. Send questions to Jared Zystro at the Organic Seed Alliance.

The National Organic Seed Survey is being conducted by the Organic Seed Alliance, a national non-profit organization that supports the growing organic seed movement.

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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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