February 2016 Newsletter: PCO Awarded SARE Grant!

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PCO Awarded SARE Grant!
PCO has been awarded a Northeast SARE grant to fund a 3-year professional development project titled:
Training a network of educators for outreach on reduced-tillage organic feed and forage systems
We will be partnering with Penn State and PCO producers to provide educational resources to various educators and stakeholder groups in our region. We are very excited about this great opportunity to expand our educational offerings! More information coming soon.

NOP Videos on Organic Certification
As part of the USDA National Organic Program's Sound and Sensible Initiative, the International Organic Inspectors Association (IoIA) created two videos on what producers can expect during an organic farm inspection. The focus of the video is to take some of the mystery out of the process for producers considering beginning or transitioning to an organic operation. The videos were produced in conjunction with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
What to Expect at an Organic Farm Inspection
What to Expect at an Organic Livestock Farm Inspection

Survey on the Use of Soil Amendments in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
In a national effort to evaluate the needs and concerns of organic producers about the safe use of manure and compost in the production of organic produce, U.C. Davis, The Organic Center and Organic Trade Association are conducting a farmer-focused survey to characterize the use of manure and compost based soil amendments.
This survey relates to the ongoing implementation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
This survey is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Job Openings at PCO- Come Join Our Team!
Quality Systems & IT Manager
Pennsylvania Certified Organic announces a job opening for a Quality Systems and Information Technology (IT) Manager. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in quality systems, information or business management, including but not limited to: auditing, document control, and quality and IT systems. We are looking for a well organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania.
This is a full-time, exempt position.

To view a job description, visit our website

Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
Position will remain open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to
Certification Specialist
Pennsylvania Certified Organic announces a job opening for Certification Specialist. The ideal candidate will have education and / or experience in the following areas: familiarity with regulatory compliance and organic certification, knowledge of organic standards and food science/processing. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Remote consideration will be given to applicants with previous certification experience.

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Salary range: $38,000 to $48,000, depending on experience.

To view a job description, visit our website

Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.

Position will remain open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to

FarmFest Coordinator

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is seeking a FarmFest Coordinator to serve in coordination with our Education and Outreach Team. The part time contracted position will be responsible for planning and management, with guidance from the PCO, of the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, held July 29-30, 2016 at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA.
FarmFest is a fun, free, community-building event that fosters knowledge of organic agriculture and sustainable living through educational opportunities, local foods, lively entertainment, and interactive family activities.

The successful contractor will possess strong organizational and time management skills with demonstrated work experience in event and volunteer management. We seek a highly competent individual with proficiency in soliciting/securing sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors. Successful candidate will also exhibit aptitude with databases, computer networks, volunteerism, and social media.

Contract Compensation and Schedule:
This contracted position is offered at $8000 plus a percentage of sponsorship sales. Regular communication during agreed-upon scheduled work hours is required. We expect the contracted position to fill approximately 10 hours per week, and all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and half a day Sunday during the week of the event. Additionally, some post event communications and evaluation is required. The planned start date for this position is March 1, 2016.

We will accept applications until the position is filled but encourage applicants to make their submission by February 15th. To apply, please complete our Request for Proposals here.

For more information on the FarmFest Coordinator position please click here.

For more information about FarmFest please visit our website at
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PASA Webinar - Finding New Markets: Wholesale, Cooperatives & Beyond

February 17, 11a,
814-349-9856 x17
Organic Cover Crop Cocktails Advisory Board Meeting
February 19
Pine Grove Mills, PA

Using QuickBooks to Manage Your Farm Business Webinar Series
Feb. 22, 29 & Mar. 7, 14, 21
PASA Webinar —
Direct Sales Marketing: Expanding the Current & Finding the New
Feburary 24
814-349-9856 x17

PCO Board Meeting
February 25
PCO Office
Spring Mills, PA

GFCO Inspector Training
March 2 & 3
PCO Office
Spring Mills, PA

PCO Inspector's Meeting
March 4
PCO Office
Spring Mills, PA

Transitioning to Organic Field Crop Production
March 10
Shady Maple

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


For Sale
Dairy quality Organic baleage
, corn & Organic soybeans. OEFFA Certified. Forage test results available, we can do local deliveries. We custom dry and store Organic grain. Call 570-412-1392. Union County.
Organic Baleage for sale. Individually wrapped round bales. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cutting. Alfalfa and mixed hay. 717-471-9438. 1 Mile of I78 in northern Berks County. 
Organic Dry Hay, Baleage and Straw in 4x4 wrapped round bales.  High energy and digestibility, Priced based on forage test results.  Trucking available.  Organic grains and seed also available, call for availability.  Provident Farms, Dave Johnson 570-324-2285
Manure management plans, Ag erosion and settlement plans, manure brokering, and nutrient management planning. Government certified. Contact Ned Fogleman 717-994-4630.
Ag plastic recycling- I can use black and white bunker covers, bale wrap, plastic twine, clear stretch film, greenhouse covers, flats, and pots. Call for details. 717-658-9660. Franklin County, PA.
Organic Raw Milk ACF Organics, LLC, d/b/a Amish Country Farms located in Totowa, NJ is looking to procure certified organic raw milk from farmers in PA. Ken Tensen: 800-990-3447 x202.

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Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our January New Members

Newly Certified
Daniel Davis
Curt Dietz
Morgan Dietz
Allen E. Glick
Christ L. King
Amos M. Martin
Robert McCutcheon
Stephen Miller
John L. Miller
Matt Miller
Kevin Phelps
Dan Reiff
Dennis Rice
Henry K. Stoltzfus
Ken White

Abner S. Ebersol
David G. Fisher
Eunha Guadagno
Miranda Powers
Robert Reighard
Daniel A. Renno
Liza Rolland
Melvin Troyer
James W. Weaver
Cleason Weaver
Benjamin Wissinger

Harvey R. Byler
Levi M. Byler
Nathan Crissinger
David B. Fisher
Justin Fox
Philip King
Amos L. Lee
Howard & Joseph Levine
Michelle Long
Benuel Stoltzfus
Samuel J. Stoltzfus
Mose M. Yoder

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