I OWA D EPARTMENT OF A GRICULTURE AND L AND S TEWARDSHIP
A GRICULTURAL D IVERSIFICATION & M ARKET D EVELOPMENT B UREAU
O RGANIC NEWS
NOP ANNOUNCES ORGANIC March 23, 2010
ck W HAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Li v u c
d THE P ASTURE A CCESS R ULE
S PECIAL POINTS OF
On February 12, 2010 the National finishing period and breeding bulls
Organic Program (NOP) published a final that are not sold as organic; ∗ NOP Announces
rule that establishes pasture standards
for organic livestock. The Access to Pas- • Each certified operation must include new PASTURE
a functioning pasture management RULE
ture rule specifies that organic milk and
meat products come from organically- plan into their OSP which includes ∗ Check Before
raised ruminants that are actively grazing records of rations, feeding and graz- You Use—input
on pasture. In other words, “livestock ing schedule and a method for calcu- requirements
must actively graze on a daily basis dur- lating DMI and DMD;
ing the grazing season, have access to • Plans will be verified annually during
the outdoors, and not be confined during the on-site inspection.
the non-grazing season.”
The effective date of this rule is June 17, D ATES TO
What this means to you: 2010 for new livestock producers seeking
• Access to pasture for at least 120 first time certification. Renewing appli- R EMEMBER !
days throughout the grazing season cants have until June 17, 2011 to fully
comply with this rule. Please plan for ex- ∗ May 1, 2010
(days do not need to be consecutive);
tra time during your inspection to address Final Application
• Diet consisting of at least 30% dry this new rule. Deadline
matter intake (DMI) from pasture
IDALS is currently working on the devel- ∗ Cost-share
grazed during grazing season totaling
opment of forms for you to include in your deadline 9/30
at least 120 days;
Organic System Plan (OSP). You will be
• Limits Dry Matter Demand (DMD) notified when these forms are available.
from dry matter fed to no more than A great comprehensive resource for the
an average of 70%; new organic pasture rule can be found
• Clarifies the outdoor access require- at:.
ment for non-ruminant animals; http://www.nodpa.com/pasture_rule.shtml
• Exceptions to this rule include:
calves up to 6 months; slaughter .
stock exempt from 30% DMI during
P AGE 2 O RGANIC NEWS
C HECK BEFORE YOU USE
When completing your application for so that as changes occur to a product status we
renewal each year, you are required to are able to notify each producer listed in conjunc-
submit labels for any new products you are consid- tion with said product. It is very possible when you
ering using in the coming year. Please make sure are interested in using a product that the decision
the labels you submit are legible and show ALL of has already been made as to it’s usability and a
the ingredients clearly. If you are not able to pro- simple answer can be provided. If a determination
vide a label, we will need a list of all the ingredients has not been made, please allow for adequate time
as well as supplier information so if needed we can for our staff to investigate the product and make a
contact the supplier. When decisions are made decision. DO NOT use a product before approval
regarding new products, the product is entered on a has been given as it may impact your organic certi-
database. We also associate producer and product fication.
T han WE ASKED , AND YOU ANSWERED !
This year we offered applicants the op- postage and paper. This is one small step we can
portunity to obtain their application on-line for a take to lower our costs and aid to our efficiency and
$25 savings and we are happy to report that the timeliness in corresponding with you. If you are
number of you agreeing to go “electronic” took us interested in receiving notifications, newsletters and
by surprise. By printing the forms and mailing them updates electronically, and have not already re-
in to us we were able to save precious time and sponded to us, please contact Tammy Stotts at:
money. We will utilize email more this year as it is email@example.com
an easier way to correspond and requires less staff
time in composing and sending letters as well as
N OT RENEWING ? PLEASE NOTIFY US
As with everything in life, change is imminent. having to issue a notice of suspension. Any No-
If your situation has changed and you are no tice of Suspension issued is also reported to the
longer seeking renewal from IDALS, please no- NOP and may complicate future certification.
tify us as soon as possible. We will send you a Contact Mary Nieland at 515-281-7656 if you
”Notice of Surrender” form. You will still be al- have questions regarding this matter.
lowed to sell your organic product that was
raised while your certification was active. By
notifying us as soon as possible, we will avoid
scheduling your annual inspection and avoid
P AGE 3 O RGANIC N EWS
AND, THE WINNER IS …….
• Production expense of organic farms averaged
$171,978 compared with the nationwide con-
ventional costs of $140,075
Okay, so it’s not Iowa, but we are holding our own.
In our newsletter last April we informed you about • Organic operations had an average of
the organic production survey and asked that you $217,675 in sales, compared with $134,807 for
participate. Well, the tally is in and it would stand all farms
to reason that California, with one of the longest
• Nationwide, 2008 organic sales totaled $3.16
growing seasons, led the Nation in organic produc-
billion, including $1.94 billion in crops sales and
$1.22 billion in sales of livestock, poultry and
Make no mistake, we are on the move. Prior to their products
this census, USDA Economic Research Service
(ERS) ranked Iowa 4th in the number of organic • Challenges sited by survey respondents in-
producers at 453 and 10th in the number of acres clude regulatory, production, management and
in organic production at 64,158 acres. The latest marketing issues. Despite these obstacles
results show Iowa 9th in the number of U.S. farms 78% indicated they plan to maintain or increase
at 518 comprising 94,568 total acres. their organic production over the next five
According to a News Release by the National Agri-
cultural Statistics Service in cooperation with What does all this mean for Iowa?
IDALS, the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kath- • Comparing both data sets (NASS and ERS),
leen Merrigan said, “This was USDA’s first wide- Iowa has had an approximate growth of 64% in
scale survey of organic producers, and it was un- the number of organic farms and a 37% growth
dertaken in direct response to the growing interest in the number of dedicated cropland acres
in organics among consumers, farmers, business, since 2000;
policymakers and others.” The information being
released will be an important building for future • In Iowa, 2008 organic sales totaled 71.5 million,
program and policy development.” making Iowa’s contribution 2% of the U.S.
Some notable results include:
• Average sales from organic farms in Iowa were
• Most organic producers sold their products lo- $138,118 with average production expenses
cally (within 100 miles from the farm)
per farm in Iowa totaling $107,667
• 83% of organic sales were to wholesale chan- To see the complete results of the 2008 Organic
nels including processors, millers and packers Production Survey go to: http://
MAY 1 2010
DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!!!!!
The early deadline for certifica- Remember if you haven’t sent your application in
tion was March 15 and a re- the deadline has been changed to May 1. Appli-
cord number of more than 140 cations postmarked after this date will not be
of you took advantage of the accepted.
discount being offered.
P AGE 4 O RGANIC NEWS
Wallace State Office Building O RGANIC BUY / SELL SPOT
Ag Diversification and Market Development Bureau
502 E 9th Street
No listings. here. The role of IDALS will be
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
www.iowaaagriculture.gov Wanted to forward your e-mail informa-
tion to interested parties, so
Please direct questions/comments regarding newsletter to: please include all contact infor-
firstname.lastname@example.org mation in your e-mail. It’s free;
Phone: 515-281-7657 For Sale No listings
and you have an interested
Fax: 515-281-6178 audience. You may contact
Send us your e-mail request Tammy Stotts by e-mail:
and we will post the information email@example.com.
Maury Wills, Bureau Chief
firstname.lastname@example.org C OST - SHARE STILL AVAILABLE ,
Matthew Miller, Organic Inspector WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
While the cost-share pro- 3. User Fees are eligible
Geraldine Fridlington, Documentation Specialist gram has been around for a While IDALS does not
515-242-6343 while now, there are still charge a user fee, some
email@example.com questions. The following list certifiers do and this is a
of items is being offered to reimbursable cost.
Mary Nieland, Intake Specialist
help you obtain the most
515-281-7656 4. Open your Mail
firstname.lastname@example.org benefit from this program:
1. Don’t procrastinate are sent in the same en-
Tammy Stotts, Marketing Program Coordinator
Submit your application velope that your organic
email@example.com as soon as you get your certificate comes in so
certificate. The deadline be sure to open it.
Emily Wadle, Marketing Specialist is September 30th (or
At this time we do not know
until funding runs out).
firstname.lastname@example.org how long this program will
2. Certificate date—not last or if it will be renewed
Steve Pedersen, inspection date for 2011. We encourage
Organic Inspector Be mindful that the date you to take advantage of the
515-281-7608 the certificate is issued program while it is available.
determines eligibility, not
For additional assistance or
when the inspection oc-
questions regarding the
cost-share program, contact
F ARM TO S CHOOL
D IRECTORY I NFORMATION
CALLING ALL ORGANIC HORT tify local farmers and the products
FARMERS — IDALS is seeking they have. If you have completed
you. If you have not already com- the survey and have indicated a
pleted a fruit and vegetable direc- willingness to sell to schools, we
tory application, please do so now. will be contacting you soon. If you
We are in the process of putting haven’t considered this opportu-
together a directory that school nity, you may want to. Visit our
Finally? procurement staff can use to iden- website for more!