HOPKINSVILLE, Ky — Do you have questions about organic certification? Join Brooke Gentile, Executive Director of the Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK), and Tony Silvernail, Organic Transition Specialist, as they share an overview of how to prepare for the organic certification process and available resources including:
- Highlighting National Organic Program regulations for crop and livestock
- Details to consider for transitioning cropland
- Steps to take when applying for certification: certifiers, cost, inspection and timeline
- Organic Systems Plan: recordkeeping and approved input lists
- Common pitfalls
- Resources for farmers: take home materials, OAK Transition Trainers, come with questions
During the second part of the meeting Duane Schrader, of Stanton Zurich Solutions, will share information about a new effort to offer Organic Transition Credits (OTC) as a mechanism to direct additional income to farmers during the period of organic conversion when net profits are diminished prior to achieving certification. The OTC is not a loan and can be used at any stage of transition, for any number of acres, in any location and for any targeted organic purpose.
This FREE informational meeting is for all farmers interested learn more about preparing for organic certification. Pre-registration is recommended at oak-ky.org/field-days or contact Brooke at 502-219-7378
June 25, 2019 | 3:00-4:30pm CT | Christian County Cooperative Extension Office | Hopkinsville, KY
As a complementary offering… on the same day and earlier in the morning, OAK is co-hosting Organic Row Crops and Large-Scale Transition: an OAK Field Day on June 25, 2019 | 9:30-noon CT | Durham Farms | Crofton, KY
Click the link for a flyer for Introduction to Organic Certification Workshop: OAK FD 6.25.19 OAK Transition Trainer and Organic Transition Credit Farmer Meeting
Click the link for a flyer for Organic Row Crops and Large-Scale Transition: an OAK Field Day: OAK FD 6.25.19 Organic Row Crops Durham Farms Christian
— Organic Association of Kentucky
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