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2015 Sunset Review Proposed Rule- Comments Due Aug. 31st
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2015 Sunset Review Proposed Rule-
Comments Due August 31st
AMS announces that it is proposing to implement the National Organic Standards Board sunset review recommendations and invites the organic community, stakeholders, and consumers to review the Proposed Rule and submit written comments.
The 2015 Sunset Review Proposed Rule was published on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Public comments on this proposed rule will be accepted until August 31, 2015.

PCO Awards Outstanding Organic Leaders

PCO hosted its 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony this year at the PA Organic FarmFest and recognized those who have contributed so much to further organic food and farming in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic.  Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Hannah Smith-Brubaker set the stage and led the awards ceremony followed by a keynote presentation by Executive Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Smith, who spoke on trends and opportunities for organic food and products in the marketplace.
2015 Award recipients include: Landie’s Candies, Outstanding New Organic Processor Award; Noah & Rebecca Peachy, Outstanding New Organic Farmer Award; Sara & Ned Fogelman, Going the Extra Acre Award; Maple Hill Creamery, Sustainability Award; Dickinson College Farm, Organic Research and Education Award; Farmer’s Pride, Inc., Outstanding Organic Producer Award; Trickling Springs Creamery, Outstanding Organic Processor Award; Eric Burkhart, Outstanding Volunteer Award; Conklin Farms, Inspector Appreciation Award; Profeta Farms, Staff Appreciation Award; Al Johnson and Brian Magaro, Hall of Fame Award. 2015’s PCO Annual Award winners full biographies are posted on our website at

Click here to learn more about the event!
United Plant Savers joins with PCO, Penn State, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Mountain Rose Herbs to hold two meetings where landowners can learn about the forest botanical supply chain and the opportunities and challenges facing forest-based growers and buyers of native medicinal forest plants.  The meetings, which are set for November 13, 2015 in Front Royal, Virginia and November 14, 2015 in Abingdon, Virginia, will be focused on quality control, profitability, and sustainability and the development of a forest botanical supply model based on the third-party PCO Forest Grown Verification Program.  

To register, you must complete a registration form and provide some brief details about your history producing medicinal plants and involvement in the forest botanical trade.  If selected to attend one of the meetings, you will be asked to remit a deposit to reserve your space.  Preregistration will be required to attend. 
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Ag Progress Days
Aug. 18-20

Grange Fair
Aug 21-29

Organic Agriculture Field Day
Aug 25, 2015
9AM-3:30 PM
Alvin J. & Marianne Peachy Farm
12337 Metztown Rd
Allensville, PA 17002
Lunch will be provided
In Partnership with Organic Valley, PCO, AEA-Advancing Eco-Agriculture, Keystone Bio-Ag, LLC, and Rodale Institute
For more information contact the OV Farmer Hotline 888-809-9297 or

Sept 7
PCO Office Closed

Labor Day

Sept 16-19
All Things Organic Conference & EXPO East

Adopt A Highway
Sept 24


For a full listing of events, visit the PCO online calendar.


PCO Certified Organic dry hay. 3rd cutting from 2014. Large square bales. Test available upon request. Contact Dennis at 717-865-7158

140 round bales of wrapped alfalfa and mixed hay for sale. Mostly alfalfa. 1st and 2nd cutting. Asking $60/bale. Located 1 mile from I78 in Berks county, PA. Please call if you have any questions. 717-471-9438. Bethel, PA

Plastic Recycling! I am taking in various plastics for packaging and selling into the recycling industry. Contact me to make a delivery appointment. No unscheduled drop-offs! Visit PCO online classifieds for full listing.
Justin Geisinger
8445 Nyesville Rd Chambersburg, Pa 17202 

69 acre certified organic grass fed beef farm. 
23.5 KW Solar system, a full line of farm machinery, and a closed herd (for 20 years) of 55 beef cattle. Five bedroom brick/frame house, barn and out buildings. Central Pennsylvania Conservancy preserved farm. Owner financing and mentoring can be negotiated. or 717-536-3618

To see the complete classifieds listings or to post an ad, click here


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our June New Members

Glasbern Inn
Newly Certified
Eli S. Stoltzfus
Sylvanus Peachey
Willie R. Byler
Sam U. Stoltzfus Jr.
Dan Miller
James P. & Tina Haman
Alan Parker
Eli Ray King
Leroy Miller
Reuben J. Miller
Abram E. Stoltzfus
Jeff Horn
Amos S. Lapp
James Barrett
Jesse Graber
Mark Nuneviller
Vernon Yoder
Frances M. Como
Moses S. Esh

Melvin J. Beiler
Edward P. Martin
Ed & Matt Fry
Michael Roosa
Dorothy (Dot) Martin

Halston Maierle
Amos Martin
David F. Hoover
Aaron L. Miller

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