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Comment now on Organic Exemption from Conventional Commodity Check-off
The USDA has recently published its proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs. The proposed rule would extend the exemption for organic farmers, handlers, marketers and importers to products that are certified “organic” or “100 percent organic” and also to those who produce, process, handle or import both organic and conventional products. 

If you are a certified organic operator who is subject to a conventional commodity research and promotion order or a federal marketing order program, you are encouraged to submit comments to the USDA and let them know this exemption is important to organic agriculture.

The deadline to submit comments is Thursday, January 15, before midnight Eastern time.
To submit comments online, click here. Be sure to include the Agency Name and docket number in your comment: Organic Exemption from Conventional Commodity Check-offs Rule: AMS-FV-14-0032-0001(Dec. 16,2014) (Federal Register Number 2014-29280)(79 Fed. Reg. 75006 et seq.)
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January 1
PCO Office Closed
Spring Mills, PA
January 6-8
Keystone Farm Show
York, PA

January 8
Southern Alleghenies Local Food Network Winter Meeting:
Marketing Local Foods and Nuts & Bolts of Cooperatives

East Freedom Fire Hall
814-696-0877 x 113 or
January 10
NOFA Massachusetts 28th Annual Winter Conference
Worcester, MA
Jan 14, 10am-2pm
Organic Field Crop Study Circle: Cover Crop Mixtures
Shady Maple
East Earl, PA
(610) 746-1970 or 

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


PCO-Certified Organic Hay for sale, dairy or dry cow grade, some bedding, tested and priced per test. Dry shelled corn for sale. Provident Farms. 470-772-6095. Tioga County.

PCO-Certified Organic Baleage. All 3x3x6 bales: alf/grass 1st cutting baleage, alf/grass 4th cutting bale age. John Dietz. 424-1228. York County.

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