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Overview of the PCA And CCA Role in Providing Nutrient and Pest Control Advice to Organic Growers Steve Beckley Organic Fertilizer Association of California.

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1 Overview of the PCA And CCA Role in Providing Nutrient and Pest Control Advice to Organic Growers Steve Beckley Organic Fertilizer Association of California California Certified Crop Advisers

2 Organic Fertilizer Association of California “Representing the California Organic Fertilizer Industry and promoting the knowledge of safe and effective organic farming systems through outreach, education and legislation” OFAC members provide fertilizer products that meet the USDA National Organic Program’s (NOP) standards and many members also provide guidance to growers on how to improve soil health and fertility through organic farming methods.

3 California Certified Crop Advisers Voluntary Certification Program Standards by International CCA, State CCA Administered by American Society of Agronomy And California Board Emphasizes Fertilizer, Water Quality, Crop Management, and Plant Nutrient Issues Incorporates California PCA License

4 Licensed Pest Control Advisers Pest Control Advisers are licensed by the State of California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Licensing/Certification Program to provide recommendations for the agriculture use of pest management materials, including chemical pesticides, organic pesticides and beneficial insects.

5 PCAs and CCAs Well suited to provide advise to certified organic growers. But must know the rules! Today – Discuss Rules and Practices

6 CEUs Today DPR – 4.0 hours (0ther) CCA – 6.5 hours –Nutrient Management – 3.5 Hours –Integrated Pest Management – 1.0 hours –Crop Management – 2.0 hours

7 National Organic Program The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.

8 NOP Regulates Accredited Certifying Agents Practices Record Keeping Allowed and Prohibited Substances Certification of Farms

9 Practices Must Be Implemented Soil fertility and crop nutrient management practice standard Seeds and planting stock practice standard. Crop rotation practice standard. Crop pest, weed, and disease management practice standard –NOP Regulations

10 CDFA Organic Program CDFA’s Organic Program is responsible for enforcement of the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and the California Organic Products Act of Activities include: program administration, County biologist training, initiation of complaint investigation, registration of private certification organizations, and act as an information resource on the California Organic Products Act and California’s organic industry.

11 Allowed Materials NOP Regulation USEPA Washington State Department of Agriculture –Registers materials suitable for certified organic production Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) –Lists materials suitable for certified organic production

12 Materials Do research Ask questions Liquid N 3% or higher must have audit Does it pass the “smell” test Fact/Opinion

13 Know Your Client’s Market Fresh Market Farmer’s Market Processed CSA Restaurant Export

14 Resources (very partial list) California State Universities –Fresno, SLO, Chico UCD/UCSC CCOF Suppliers/Retailers Exhibitors/Speakers County Extension Service OFAC Conferences –Eco Farm –SLO IPM –CAPCA/OFAC/CCA

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16 Woodland PCA/OFAC Organic Seminar Thursday, November 19, 2009 Woodland Community Center Woodland, CA

17 Thanks Mike Woods – OFAC Allan Romander –CCA CAPCA Staff – Joyce, Pam, Dee, and Terry Speakers Exhibitors Sponsors

18 Thank You to our Sponsors & Exhibitors AgraQuest Becker Underwood California Organic Fertilizers Converted Organics Dow AgroSciences Dupont Ehlers Elevator Grow More H.J. Baker/Tiger Sul Monterey Ag Resources Natural Industries New Era Farm Service Suterra Westbridge Agricultural Products Valent U.S.A.


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