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Workshops: Certifications & Regulations

Transitioning to Organic Production

  • Brenda Book and Scott Rice, Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program
  • When land is converted to organic production, it must undergo a 36-month transition before the crop can be marketed with an organic claim. Learn how, why, and when to start the transition process with the help of WSDA Organic Program. Program staff will demystify the certification requirements, answer your questions, and provide you with technical assistance and helpful resources about how you can start down the road to organic certification.

Organic Cannabis?

  • Brenda Book, Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program
  • In May 2017 Governor Inslee signed a new law giving WSDA authority to develop and administer a new certification program for marijuana producers and processors in Washington State.  Learn about WSDA’s work to create the first government program that evaluates cannabis products for compliance with organic standards.  Hear about our timeline, next steps, and how you can get involved. 

What’s New and Mandatory? FDA Produce Rule 101

  • Karen Ullman, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • The FDA Produce Safety Rule mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first federal food safety law that sets specific standards for the growing, harvest, packing and storage of fresh produce. What exactly does this mean for Washington growers? This presentation will help growers understand what types of farms and produce are subject to the Rule and what it would take it be in compliance. The WSDA Produce Safety Program will also provide current updates on the legislative process moving forward and what initial plans are projected for education and enforcement.   
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