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MEDINA - The Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) will be holding an Organic Processing Training Workshop October 22 and 23, 2009 in Medina, ND. This two day training is intended for processors or others considering an organic processing enterprise.

In a recent survey released by the Organic Trade Association, OTA said that three in ten U.S. families indicated they are actually purchasing more organic foods compared to a year ago with many parents preferring to reduce spending in other areas before targeting organic product cuts. In fact, 17 percent of U.S. families said their largest increases in spending in the past year were for organic products. "There is an increasing demand for organic products," said Marcy Svenningsen, Executive Director of FARRMS, "we need more organic processors to fill that demand."

Various topics such as the National Organic Rule, requirements for an organic system plan, applying standards to a participant's individual operation, sanitation materials, pest control alternatives and evaluating inputs and ingredients will be covered in the workshop. "We are very excited about the quality and expertise of the presenters that will be providing the training," said Karri Stroh, Program Coordinator. "We know that the participants will be very pleased with the valuable and timely information they will receive and be able to apply it in their processing operations." There will be a $500 charge for the workshop but need based scholarships are available.

Interested participants can contact FARRMS at 701-486-3569 or by visiting for a workshop application. More information about FARRMS and the other educational opportunities they provide can be found on the website at