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Winter 2017 Organic Matters is Hot Off the Press!
Check it out for these great stories and more:
  • Research at PCO-Certified Charvin Organic Farms- page 2
  • Local, Organic Farming Exhibits Featured at PA Farm Show- page 3
  • Organic Dairy Performance- page 4
  • Organic Stakeholders Weigh in on NRCS Funding Programs- page 7
  • NODPA Field Days Deliver Info, Innovations, Ice Cream- page 9
  • Well-managed Pastures Improve the Environment and Your Bottom Line- page 11
Check out the electronic version here

"Organic Product Prices Around the World"

December 21 | 2:00 P.M. EST

The Organic Trade Association’s international team will present an analysis on organic product prices from store shelves around the world using a digital photo library of over 2,000 products gathered in-country by OTA staff. This first of its kind analysis will showcase price differences on several organic product categories from key organic markets compared to a U.S. product price baseline. This information is useful to producers who are interested in selling their products abroad as U.S. organic products compete with products from the E.U. and Oceana, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Register today!

Save The Date: Lancaster Ag’s Real Health Conference
February 17 & 18th at Lancaster Ag Products in Ronks, PA

The Real Health Conference will host over two dozen educational sessions led by experts in various fields of sustainable, organic agriculture. Speakers will be discussing topics such as:
  • nutrition
  • human and animal health
  • livestock breeding and selection
  • soil remediation 
  • cover cropping
  • real food processing
Anyone with an interest in sustainable, organic agriculture is encouraged to attend as there will be sessions which are more introductory in nature as well as sessions which are geared towards more experienced farmers.

This event is designed to be affordable in an effort to help spread awareness of and appreciation for sustainable, organic agriculture. Tickets for the keynote presentation on Friday night cost $15 before January 1st (regularly $20), while tickets for the main event on Saturday cost $35 before January 1st (regularly $45). A buffet lunch of locally produced foods is included with the price of admission. Tickets can currently be purchased over the phone or in person at Lancaster Ag’s store.

More information and online ticket sales will be available on the company’s website ( within the next couple of weeks. 
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January 7-14
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Harrisburg, PA

January 10-12
Keystone Farm Show
York Fairgrounds
Your, PA

January 16
Martin Luther King Day
PCO Office Closed
Spring Mills, PA

January 26, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Rebersburg, PA
January 27, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Belleville, PA
January 31, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Miller's Natural Foods
Bird-in-Hand, PA
January 31-February 2
Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention

February 1-4
PASA's 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

February 16
Delmarva Dairy Day
Hartly Fire Hall
Hartly, DE

February 17-18
Real Health Conference
Ronks, PA
(717) 687-9222

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


For Sale 
Cover Crop Seed & Straw
Rye, Triticale and Wheat with various blends of Hairy Vetch, grown and cleaned by Village Acres Farm. 50 lb bags at $23 and up, depending on blend of hairy vetch. Also, big round bales of straw at $175/ton. All certified by PCO. Contact or Roy at 717-513-8097. Mifflintown, PA
Rye Straw & Oat Straw Bales
Organic Rye Straw just baled recently and under cover. They are 3x3x7 in size. Purchaser of a distance will need to transport it to ones farm. Local people, we can transport. Also small square bales of oat straw recently baled and under a roof. Call for prices. Contact Randal Van Horn at 570-412-0899. 

Manure management plans, Ag erosion and settlement plans, manure brokering, and nutrient management planning. Government certified. Contact Ned Fogleman 717-994-4630.


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Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our November New Members

Newly Certified
Bontrager Pullets
Carnright Farm
Danneker Farms
Doug Hottenstein
F&B Dairy Farm, LLC
Four Leaf Clover Farm
Great Circle Coffee
Grobelny Family Farms
James Stoltzfus
Jelliff Family Farms
John Fisher
Jonathan and Alta Waltz
L&M Layers
Mast Pullets
Mike Kurtz Farm
Miller Pullets
Mose S. Yoder
Rooster Run Dairy
Rudy A. Byler
State Road Pullets
Sunny Ridge Farms
Todd Bayle
Triple M Dairy
Whispering Pines
Windhill Farm
Windy Acres
Zehr Family Farm

New Grassfed Certified
F&B Dairy Farm, LLC
Four Leaf Clover Farm
Todd Bayle
Triple M Dairy

Glen Eshbach
Jethro Fisher
Marcus & Courtney Keep

Kenneth Hurst

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