Hello, agricultural professionals!
Rodale Institute is pleased to release the Organic Production Body of Knowledge survey. We are asking each of you, professionals in the organic agriculture industry, to take a few minutes to complete this survey.

 Rodale Institute aims to launch a program that will support regulatory and agricultural professionals to ensure that there is a credible baseline body of knowledge within the organic auditing community to ensure consistent, sound and sensible enforcement of the regulations as it pertains to 7 CFR 205 National Organic Program and the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and to encourage responsible, climate-focused farming practices within the industry. This Body of Knowledge survey will serve as the basis for data collection. The survey's audience is key stakeholders in the organic production community, including but not limited to, certification and regulatory professionals, agronomists, farmers, consultants, researchers and students. The results of this survey will guide the core content areas and key knowledge required to provide high-level consulting to organic and regenerative organic farmers. 

 If you have any questions about this survey or wish to discuss the program further, please contact Emily Gantz at 484-648-0628 or emily.gantz@rodaleinstitute.org.  

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* 1. Select which groups best represent your profession.

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* 2. Among professionals who support organic and transitioning farmers, how important is each audience for an organic production accreditation program?

  Not at all important Slightly important  Important Fairly important Very important
Certification or regulatory professional
Agronomist or Horticulturalist
Fertilizer, seed and/or equipment dealer
University professional, such as extension agent
Government agent, like FSA or NRCS
Farmer
Independent agricultural consultant 
Researcher
Student

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* 3. Do you think professionals serving organic and regenerative organic farmers would benefit from a professional accreditation, such as this program? 

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* 4. Which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level topics within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important. 

  Beginner Level Topic Intermediate Level Topic Expert Level Topic Unqualified to Speak on this Topic N/A
Pest, Weed, & Disease Control in Organic Systems
Organic Crops
Soil Health
Water Management
Organic Livestock Management & Animal Welfare
Organic Processing, Handling, Marketing & Supply Chain Verification
Social Fairness
Regulatory Compliance
Providing Expert-Level Agriculture Services to Farmers

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* 5. Of the topic, "Pest, Weed & Disease Control in Organic Systems", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important. 

  Beginner Level Competency Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on this Topic N/A
Integrated pest management
Identification of beneficial insects
Soil fertility and pest management interactions
Preventative weed management techniques
Preventative pest management techniques 
Preventative disease management techniques
Scouting techniques
Mechanical weed control

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* 6. Of the topic, "Organic Crops", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Cover crop principles & selection
Crop rotation principles
Nutrient management
Organic compliance of inputs
Planting dates
Pollinator habitat management
Equipment selection 

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* 7. Of the topic, "Soil Health", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency  Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Soil health principles
No till agriculture
Reduced till & conservation till systems
Carbon cycling
Nutrient cycling
Soil fertility recommendations for N - P - K
Soil fertility recommendations for micronutrients
Manure & compost recommendations
Liming or pH recommendations

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* 8. Of the topic, "Water Management", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency  Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Water cycling
Irrigation
Drainage

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* 9. Of the topic, "Organic Livestock & Animal Welfare", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency  Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Per species "origin of livestock"
Animal ID
Breeding management
Holistic health management
Physical alterations
"The 5 Freedoms"
Managing pasture
Grazing techniques

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* 10. Of the topic, "Organic Processing, Handling, Marketing & Supply Chain Verification", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency  Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Labeling of organic products
Commingling
Contamination
Building organic control point programs
Sanitation and cleaning
Supply chain verification 
Pest management

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* 11. Of the topic, "Regulatory Compliance", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency  Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency N/A
National Organic Program regulations
Regenerative Organic Certification
Auditing
Nutrient management
Manure management
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Understanding roles of key players, such as NRCS, FSA and NOP

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* 12. Of the topic, "Providing Expert-Level Agriculture Services to Farmers", which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level competencies within the organic production accreditation program? Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Competency Intermediate Level Competency Expert Level Competency Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Role of a service provider
Integrity
Confidentiality 
Commitment to organic and regenerative organic principles
Assessment skills
Communication skills
Assessing risk potential for a client 
Ethics 
Saftey

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* 13. Which of the following would you consider to be beginner, intermediate and expert level skills within the organic production accreditation program? Please rank in order of importance. Please select "Unqualified to Speak on this Topic" if you are unfamiliar with this topic or do not feel qualified to respond. Please select "N/A" if you do not feel this topic is important.

  Beginner Level Skill Intermediate Level Skill Expert Level Skill Unqualified to Speak on This Topic N/A
Organic & Regenerative Organic Auditing
Conducting a Site Visit & Collecting Appropriate Information
Soil Sampling
In Field Soil Health Testing
Body Condition Scoring
Reading & Interpreting a Soil Test
Building a Network of Agricultural Producers
Identifying Reliable Sources of Information 

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* 14. If education coursework was available for your organization, how would you or your company likely use it?

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* 15. Which learning mode is most effective for your profession?

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* 16. In order to produce useful educational content to support the accreditation program, it may be necessary to deliver in phases. Which approach would be the most useful to you or your organization? 

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* 17. In the absence of a formal accredited certification program, would a certificate of completion be of value?

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* 18. Any other thoughts or suggestions?

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* 19. Would you be interested in participating in the pilot program in 2021? If yes, be sure to provide your contact information below.

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* 20. If you would be open to follow-up on your responses or are interested in participating in the pilot program, please provide your contact information.

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