Natural Resources and Biodiversity Farm Tour
Farm Management Techniques
Thursday, February 2
Farmers can implement a range of activities on their farm to support natural resources and biodiversity. Hedgerows can provide habitat to birds that eat insect pests. Flowering plants in fields can provide food for pollinators. Healthy soil can support more productive crops and reduce runoff.
USDA organic regulations broadly require operations to “maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality” (§205.200). Given the wide scope of this language, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) released new guidance concerning Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation (NOP 5020). The guidance provides examples of practices that support these conservation principles and demonstrate compliance with USDA organic regulations. But what does this look like on the farm? This workshop and farm tour will explore how producers, inspectors and others can identify concerns related to natural resource conservation and opportunities to improve it.
The first half of this intensive will be spent in a classroom setting. Following lunch, a half day farm tour will be hosted so you can see these principles in action.
Speakers: Jo Ann Baumgartner, Executive Director, Wild Farm Alliance; Dean Moberg, Resource Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; additional speakers TBA