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State Organic Advisory Council Meeting Slated
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/06/2012

The public is invited to attend the next quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council, an organization formed to bring together public and private resources to promote Wisconsin's national leadership position in organic agriculture. The group will meet March 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture building in Madison.

Council members will discuss their 2012 priorities relating to organic agriculture including the Farm Bill, genetically modified organisms and food safety laws. The guest speaker for the discussion will be Margaret Krome, the Policy Program Director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and also a DATCP Board member.

Members will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Kathryn VandenBosch, the new Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Carla Wright will also give a presentation on the new Institute for Local Organic Food Systems Education to the Council members.

The twelve Organic Advisory Council members represent organic production, processing, marketing and purchasing in Wisconsin. Each year, four seats of the Council are up for nominations. Nominations for an organic farmer, business, certifier and an ‘at-large’ representative are currently open and due to DATCP by the date of the meeting.

The WOAC advises the state's agriculture secretary and other organizations and agencies on critical organic issues. Formed in 2006, the council also supports organic production, processing and purchasing opportunities for Wisconsin farmers, processors and consumers.

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