The first presentation provides an overview of the AGA standard and where it is the same or different from the NOP. The second session provides resources and tools to aid the organic dairy inspector in conducting a pasture based and animal welfare focused dairy inspection.
This course is also useful in understanding the resources and activities related to any grass-based livestock operation. The course focuses primarily on dairy cattle. Participants will learn AGA meat standards, since some organic dairies may also want to sell cull females and male animals as AGA meat. Dairy farm transition, production and animal handling standards are discussed as well.
It is expected that performing these add-on inspections at the same time as the NOP inspection will take approximately one extra hour.
Materials for the course include the AGA standards, the AGA on-site inspection checklist, a list of resources, and a sample “animal status inventory worksheet” for use by the dairy farmer and/or the inspector to keep track of the NOP and AGA status of animals on the farm.
Completion of a pre-course assignment, review of two pre-recorded presentations and an exam.
Upon successful completion of the exam, the inspector is approved by AGA to perform AGA inspections.
IOIA’s online learning platform allows each participant to complete course outcomes on their own timeline and at their own convenience, provided the entire course is completed within 30 days of being assigned.
200 and higher level courses are available to individuals that are already experienced, working inspectors.
All 200 level courses and higher require:
completion of IOIA’s 100-level in-person basic inspection course in the same scope of the course you wish to take (crop, livestock, handling).