The 4 ½ -day Basic Crop Inspection Training follows IOIA's curriculum requirements which include: classroom instruction on the organic standards (focus on the USDA National Organic Rule); working with organic system plans; how to inspect organic farms; audit trail requirements; risk assessment; investigative skills; report writing; approved input materials; assessing natural resource management; inspector conduct, confidentiality, and ethics; understanding the difference between inspecting and consulting; and effective communication.
The course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Participants must leave no earlier than the actual end of the course or completion of final exam, to receive credit. This course is based on the USDA National Organic Program regulations.
Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training
A minimum of 1-year training and/or 1-year experience in organic agriculture, with knowledge of conventional agricultural practices.
Knowledge of basic accounting and ability to solve mathematical problems.
The 100-level NOP Crop Standards webinar training (6 hours), is offered October 11 & 14, 2022. If you have already completed this webinar, you are not required to retake.