INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WISCONSIN 2009 IOIA MOSA BASIC ORGANIC INSPECTOR TRAININGS AND THE IOIA DEMETER BIODYNAMIC INSPECTION TRAINING This document is the companion document for the ap by csgirla

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									INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WISCONSIN 2009 IOIA/MOSA BASIC ORGANIC INSPECTOR TRAININGS AND THE IOIA/DEMETER BIODYNAMIC INSPECTION TRAINING This document is the companion document for the application for attending the following IOIA organic inspector trainings held at: Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center, 3060 Kinney Coulee Rd. S., Onalaska, WI 54650 (Ph: 800-659-2220) www.stoneycreekinn.com Trainings are cosponsored by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA). Organic Crop Inspection Training: Mon. Oct. 5 – Fri. Noon, Oct. 9, 2009 Organic Livestock Inspection Training: Mon. Oct. 12 – Fri. Noon, Oct. 16, 2009 IOIA/Demeter Biodynamic Inspection Training: Sat. Oct. 10 – Sun Oct. 11, 2009 Organic Certification Agency presentations: to be arranged, depending on interest. All registration is through the IOIA office. If you have any questions, please phone/fax: (406) 4362031, or email: ioia@ioia.net. Application forms and information can also be downloaded from the IOIA website at www.ioia.net. Please note that the same registration form is used for the Crop and Livestock Trainings. For the IOIA/Demeter Biodynamic Inspection Training, see separate application form.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ALL TRAININGS IS AUGUST 24, 2009. General Information

IOIA and Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) will cosponsor Organic Crop and Livestock Inspection Training at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. MOSA was formed and incorporated in March of 1999 to serve the needs of producers and processors in the Midwest. MOSA now offers independent, third-party certification services to interested producers and processors throughout the United States. For more information about MOSA, visit www.mosaorganic.org. The IOIA/Demeter Biodynamic Inspection Training is a collaborative effort between IOIA and the Demeter Association. The training is geared primarily for experienced organic inspectors. A limited number of spaces are also available for new inspectors with knowledge of Biodynamic practices. Demeter will review and approve the final registration list. Demeter is associated with Stellar Certification Services (SCS). SCS was formed to offer organic certification for farms, processors and handlers according to the National Organic Program. Demeter Biodynamic® Certification and Aurora Certified Organic® are options for producers seeking whole farm certification. For more information about the program, see www.demeter-usa.org. Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center is located in Onalaska, Wisconsin just 10 minutes from the La Crosse airport. La Crosse is located on the western border of the midsection of Wisconsin, on a broad alluvial plain along the east side of the Mississippi River. The Black River empties into the Mississippi north of the city, and the La Crosse River flows into the Mississippi just north of the downtown area. For more information about the area, visit www.explorelacrosse.com. The La Crosse Oktoberfest celebration begins the first weekend in October. Accommodations - The Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center features 12,000 sq ft of meeting facilities and spacious sleeping rooms. A free full breakfast buffet is provided for those lodging at the hotel. Complementary wireless internet access in available in all guest and meeting rooms. Other amenities include coffee makers, hairdryers, iron, and ironing board. Facilities include Fitness Center, Business Center, Indoor/Outdoor heated swim-through pool, Whirlpool spa, Dry sauna, and Video game room. The Lumber-Jacks Saloon in the hotel is Open Monday through Saturday. Pets are not allowed. For more information on the facility, visit www.stoneycreekinn.com.
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A room block is reserved. The group rate is $72.00/night plus 13.5% tax. You are responsible for making your own room reservation if you desire a private room. However, IOIA offers a shared rooming option to assist those who want a roommate. Please call and ask for a reservation under the IOIA/MOSA Organic Room Block (800-659-2220). Lunches are included in the registration fees. IOIA will strive to have as much organic food available as possible. The hotel is surrounded by a variety of dining options for evening meals. Please bring athletic or other sturdy footwear, rain gear and warm outer clothing for field trips, extra notepaper, clipboard, and calculator. Laptop computers are useful and encouraged (but not required) for the written assignments. A printer will be available. Legible, handwritten reports are acceptable. Weather in October will be unpredictable but will most likely be cool during the day and could be rainy (average high 58◦F and low 38◦F). For current weather forecasts, plan to check weather before departure at www.weather.com.
TRANSPORTATION

If you are not a local commuter, please try to arrange to arrive and register no later than 9 p.m. the night before your course begins. Late arrivals may register in the morning. You must leave no earlier than the actual end of the course or final exam. Driving directions will be provided in the acceptance package. Individuals are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to and from the StoneyCreek Inn & Conference Center for the trainings. Free direct shuttle service is available from the La Crosse airport 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PARTICIPANTS

IOIA Organic Inspector Training courses are recommended for inspector trainees, certification agency staff, and regulatory agency staff who want to better understand the organic inspection and certification process. Letters of Attendance are provided for those who choose to audit the course (test and written assignments not required of persons who audit courses) and those who fail to meet the course completion requirements. Certificates of Completion are given to those who meet acceptance criteria, attend all sessions, and receive passing grades on the required written assignments and tests. The courses are rigorous, with some evening sessions. Participants are mailed an acceptance package about six weeks before the course and should allow several days to complete pre-course reading and assignments. Completed assignments must be emailed to IOIA according to deadlines. The IFOAM/IOIA International Organic Inspection Manual and the USDA National Organic Program standards are the basis for the Crop course. Copies of the Manual and the USDA Rule are included in the registration fee. Participants are provided with information on how to receive the least expensive subscription rate to current Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Materials lists. These lists are helpful but not required for the course.
WHAT THE COURSES INCLUDE

Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training- Participants should try to arrive Sunday evening, Oct. 4, no sooner than 3 p.m. and no later than 9 p.m. to register in the evening. Others may register upon arrival on Monday, Oct. 5, between 7:00-8:00 a.m. The 4 ½ -day Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training follows IOIA's curriculum requirements, with classroom instruction on the organic standards (focus on the USDA National Organic Rule); how to inspect organic farms; audit trail requirements; risk assessment; investigative skills; report writing; approved materials; assessing natural resource management; inspector conduct, confidentiality, and ethics; understanding the difference between inspecting and consulting; and effective communication. The course also includes a field trip to a certified organic farm, a graded written assignment (inspection report), and final test. The test is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9. The course concludes at 12:00 Noon on Friday, Oct. 9.
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Basic Organic Livestock Inspection Training- Participants should try to arrive Sunday evening, Oct. 11, no sooner than 3 p.m. and no later than 9 p.m. to register in the evening. Others may register upon arrival on Monday, Oct. 12, between 7:00-8:00 a.m. The 4 ½ day comprehensive Basic Organic Livestock Inspection Training follows IOIA’s livestock curriculum requirements and includes classroom instruction on organic livestock standards; livestock materials; risk assessment; audit trail requirements; report writing; inspector conduct, confidentiality, and ethics; understanding the difference between inspecting and consulting; effective communication; and organic inspection procedures for meat and dairy animals; fiber-bearing animals; and poultry (meat and eggs). Participants will tour a certified organic livestock operation and complete a graded written assignment (inspection report), and final test. The test is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16. The course concludes at 12:00 Noon on Friday, Oct. 16. Biodynamic Inspection Training: Demeter Association will review the applications. Participants who are accepted by Demeter Association after that review are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion for IOIA/Demeter Biodynamic Inspector Training. Participants are not required to meet the minimum criteria to attend IOIA Advanced Inspector Training. How to Operate an Organic Inspection Business (Optional): This 1-hour session is offered late Monday afternoon for each course, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. Certification agency presentations are optional but recommended to make contacts with the certification agency personnel responsible for approving new inspectors to their lists. A session will be scheduled if there is adequate interest on the part of applicants and certifiers . To receive a Certificate of Completion for the Basic courses, students must meet minimum course acceptance criteria, attend all sessions, complete the Pre-Course assignments, complete specific in-course assignments, and earn at least 75% on the test and written assignments.
Acceptance Criteria

Attendance to IOIA courses is limited. Once you are accepted to the course, an instructional letter and curriculum materials including pre-course readings and assignments will be mailed to you (about 6 weeks prior to the training). Please plan to take the time to read these in full and to complete all pre-course assignments before attending the course. Inspector applicants to these IOIA trainings must meet the following acceptance criteria.
All Courses:

* Submission of complete application, resume and fees. * Fluency of the language in which the course is given. * Demonstration of good communication skills (written, verbal and listening). * Understanding of and commitment to enforcement of organic certification principles. * Demonstration of continuing education. * Appropriate physical and mental health.
Additional Course Acceptance Criteria

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Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training A minimum of 1 year training and/or 1 year experience in organic agriculture, with knowledge of conventional agricultural practices.
Basic Organic Livestock Inspector Training

A minimum of 1 year training and/or 1 year experience in livestock production, with knowledge of both organic and conventional livestock practices.
Note: Completion of the IOIA Crop Inspection Course is strongly encouraged prior to registering for the Livestock Course. At a minimum, participants should have a working knowledge of the NOP Organic Crop Standards. If you are registering for the Livestock Course but have not completed the Crop Course, please contact the IOIA office. You will be expected to complete an additional pre-course learning assessment and some preparatory work, for an additional fee.

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Tuition

Fees for each course include tuition, course materials and lunch daily Monday through Thursday. Breakfast is provided at the hotel for those lodging on-site. Participants are responsible for their other meals and their own lodging. If you are interested in shared lodging with a roommate, please note the shared option on your application and IOIA will reserve your room. You are also free to find your own roommate and book a room for two. For a Private Room, call the hotel and book your room directly with them, no later than Sept. 4. Request the IOIA/MOSA Organic Room Block.
Registration Fees (US currency) Organic Crop Inspection Training (4.5 days) Organic Processing Inspection Training (4.5 days) Biodynamic Inspection Training: Shared Room at Stoney Creek Inn: IOIA 2010 Membership Dues (optional) $1450 $1450 $575 $45/night $100 (Supporting) or $150 (Inspector)

Note: If you took IOIA Basic training within the past 3 years, you will NOT be mailed a copy of the IFOAM/IOIA Manual. If you no longer have the manual, add $45 to receive a new one. IOIA members receive a $50.00 discount off the total amount for one training each year. You are welcome to join IOIA with this training and take the discount immediately. Your membership application will be processed as a membership for 2010, effective October 1. All fees are due with the application (US funds only - checks, money orders, traveler’s checks). Information to pay via VISA or MasterCard is in the application. If you are not accepted to the course, your fees minus a $25.00 processing fee will be refunded. For those who cancel after acceptance, refunds minus $100 materials/processing will be given up to Sept. 21, 2009. Course materials will be mailed to you after acceptance to the course (about one month before the beginning of the course). All fees are nonrefundable after September 21. All applications must be received by Aug. 24, 2009. Applications received after that date will be accepted if the course is not full and if possible for an extra $75 late fee. Minimum course size for each training is 15. If we do not have 15 applicants, that course will be cancelled and all funds will be returned to applicants, who will be notified by Sept 4. Maximum size for each course is 25. IOIA welcomes all participants to consider joining IOIA. Please contact IOIA to request membership application forms or visit the website to download the appropriate application form. In addition to training discounts and discounts on IOIA publications, IOIA members receive many other membership benefits. If you are not already an Inspector, you are invited to attend as a Supporting Individual Member ($100) or a Supporting Business Member ($125).
Criteria of acceptance as an Inspector Member, based on IOIA Bylaws, are: • Formal basic inspector training. • Training or experience in agriculture, processing, and/or trade. • Review and approval by the IOIA Membership Committee. • Completion of IOIA Membership Application. • Understanding and acceptance of IOIA Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. • Experience in inspection of organic farming, food processing, and/or trade. Minimum experience is documented in 1 of 2 manners: 1. Ten organic inspections performed, plus a letter from a certification agency attesting to completion of these inspections. OR 2. Five supervised inspections performed, plus a letter from a mentor inspector attesting to completion of these inspections.

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