New Course and Microlearning: Organic Dairy Compliance 2

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New Course and Microlearning

Organic Dairy Compliance 2

Building Strong Livestock Oversight Systems

Organic dairy operations are complex environments, making it essential for inspectors and certification staff to have strong and specialized oversight skills. The National Organic Program (NOP) launched a new course in the Organic Integrity Learning Center, NOP-290: Organic Dairy Compliance 2. This advanced course builds on NOP-090: Organic Dairy Compliance. 

Organic Dairy Compliance 2 provides an in-depth review of the pasture practice standard and grazing season and pasture management requirements. The course explains the process of conducting feed audits to verify that animals receive a minimum of 30 percent dry matter intake from grazing, on average, over the course of the grazing season. It explains producer responsibilities for managing and documenting organic dairy feed. 

The course provides certifier staff and inspectors with the skills needed to assess and address noncompliances related to pasture management and feed rations. It also helps certifiers understand the knowledge inspectors need to effectively assess the compliance of a dairy operation. Throughout the course, questions, interactive scenarios, and short videos illustrate situations that inspectors may encounter at a dairy operation.

Related Microlearning

NOP-997: Microlearning: Evaluating the Grazing Season 

Certifiers are required to evaluate the length of the grazing season when verifying compliance with livestock feed requirements. This microlearning explains how to evaluate the grazing season according to the organic regulations. 

Target audience: Certifiers and inspectors who oversee organic livestock operations with animals on pasture. 

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