Impact of Drought on Certified Organic Livestock Operations

 
We want to better understand how the ongoing drought is affecting your farm and your ability to maintain organic certification. This survey is not required, however, it would be incredibly helpful for us to hear from you as we consider whether to recommend a pasture rule or other variance to National Organic Program and Secretary of Agriculture. The more detailed information you can provide, the better we can serve you and the immediate needs of your farm during this difficult time. We thank you in advance and hope you can take a few moments to complete this survey.
1. Introduction
2. Who is your certifier?
3. Where do you have certified organic land?
4. What type of animals are included in your organic certification?
5. How many certified organic animals do you have?
6. If you are a dairy, to whom do you ship milk?
7. Do you expect to have access to irrigated pasture this year?
8. What is the biggest challenge you are facing as a result of the ongoing drought? Please check all that apply.
9. The USDA organic standards require 30% dry matter intake from pasture for a minimum of 120 days per calender year. What is the likelihood that you will be able to meet the requirement this year?
Highly unlikely Too soon to knowVery likely
10. At this point, the USDA National Organic Program has not issued any variances for the 2014 grazing season because of drought. If some type of variance or assistance is issued, what would you find to be the most helpful so that you are able to maintain your organic certification? Please rank the choices listed below, with #1 being the most helpful.
Reduce the requirement of feed from pasture (e.g. less than 30% dry matter intake from pasture)
Temporary allowance to feed non-organic feed
Allowing new acreage to be certified through desk audit (no inspection needed)
Waiving required inspections for certified organic land that is not used for organic livestock grazing in 2014
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11. Please identify the percent DMI from pasture and grazing days you expect to be able to achieve this year.
12. If the required dry matter intake from pasture (30% for 120 days) was reduced, would that help you maintain your organic certification? If no, please explain why not.
13. If a variance or some type of drought-related assistance is needed, how soon do you need it?
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1 = No need for assistance anticipated 5 = Need assistance in the next 6 months 10 = Need immediate assistance
14. Are you currently considering any of the following options as a result of drought-related issues?
Not consideringNeutralConsidering withdrawal
Withdraw only livestock from certification
Withdraw entire operation (land and livestock) from certification
15. Any other questions and/or comments?
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