Survey underway on use of soil amendments

ManureOrganic farmers of fresh produce are still awaiting a determination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the proper wait time following the application of untreated manure. In the interim, organic producers must still comply with the 90- and 120-day wait times set out in the organic regulations. To ensure that the unique production systems on organic farms are incorporated into FDA’s risk assessment, The Organic Center, OTA, and University of California, Davis, applied for and received a planning grant from Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Part of this grant includes a national farmer-focused survey for organic producers to characterize the use of untreated manure and other soil amendments of animal origin. The results will help shape the design of upcoming studies on organic farms to assess the risks untreated manure pose to food safety and help FDA in its decision-making. Farmers can now access the survey. More information on the project is available on The Organic Center’s website.

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