September 2016 Newsletter
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PCO Members: Participate in PCO Bylaws Vote!
Cast your vote by October 1st

From time to time, the board at PCO reviews the bylaws to see if they reflect the work of PCO and are limiting or vague. We have suggested a few minor changes that we are recommending to the membership. Please click here for full details on the following:

Items 1: PCO Region
Item 2: Board Member Removal
Item 3: Board Member Vacancies

Click Here to vote online.

Thank you for your participation in this important task!
Best regards,
PCO Governance Committee
 Do You Want to be Reimbursed for 75% (up to $750/scope) of Your Certification Fees? 
If yes, submit your Cost Share Application!

Any fees paid between October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016 are eligible for this reimbursement program.  If you are a dairy producer (certified for the scopes of crops and livestock) and have paid $2000 to PCO between 10/1 and 9/30, you could receive up to $1500 back.   This is not a competitive program, so if you apply, you will be reimbursed. 

For Pennsylvania residents, the applications typically are sent out in July and are due back by November 15th.  Other states application timelines may vary slightly. PLEASE contact PCO if you are unsure who your state contact is.  We want to help you keep your certification costs low, and this program is designed for that purpose. PCO would be happy to have the check signed directly over to us to credit your account if you are uncomfortable accepting the reimbursement.  

Lastly, since only fees paid between October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016 are eligible for this cost share cycle, if you haven’t had your inspection, been invoiced AND paid that invoice by September 30th these fees will not be eligible.  If you would like to pay an inspection deposit, please contact the PCO office immediately.
Come Join the PCO Team! 
Want to work with people committed to ensuring the integrity of organic food production?

Director of Marketing and Development
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Director of Marketing and Development. This director will lead the Education and Outreach Team and oversee PCO’s resource development, education and outreach, marketing and public relations programs. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: writing proposals and securing funding, conducting community education and outreach, and leading marketing initiatives. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team. This position is based in our Spring Mills, PA office.  Remote work locations will be considered.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary: $55,000 - $65,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
Staff Accountant
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Staff Accountant. The ideal candidate will have education and / or experience in accounting functions including, but not limited to: accounts payable/receivable, generating financial reports, performing journal entries, etc. 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.
Salary: $40,000 - $50,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
All above positions will remain open until filled. Full job descriptions are available at To apply please send resume and cover letter to
Organic Farming Workshop at Village Acres Farm & FoodShed- Sept 14th!
Allium Leafminer, Worker Protection Standards and Ag Exemption for Overtime

Showcase Your Farm & Photos in PCO's 2017 Photo Calendar!

Fast & Simple Online Submission
Submission Deadline Extended - September 9th!

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Feature Your Farm on the Wall
Now is your chance to showcase your organic farm, operation or products to the whole PCO membership, and beyond. We’re looking for photos of what organic means to you during all seasons of the year. The top 14 photos will be chosen by the staff for both covers and the feature photos for each month. Runners up will be highlighted in the calendar grid. All selected photos will receive a photo credit and a storyline.
To submit your photos, click here. If you have any questions please contact April Fix at or call the PCO Office at 814-422-0251.

Farmers, animals, families, fields, flowers, fruits, children, veggies- whatever catches your eye- and is captured on your camera- share it with us!
Submission Deadline: September 9th! Click here to submit today!
E-news Sponsor Opportunities!

We can feature your full color 600 x 600 pixel display ad here with a live link to your website. Spread the word about your business while supporting PCO! To advertise/sponsor, contact or visit the advertising page of our website.


Sept 14, 10am-2:30pm
Village Acres Farm & FoodShed Workshop
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Sept 21-25
Baltimore, MD

Sept 22
PSU Ag Council Research Tour
Mill Hall, PA

Sept 28 & 29
PA Poultry Conference
State College, PA

Sept 29-Oct 3
American Herbalist Guild Symposium
Seven Springs, PA

Sept 29-30
NODPA Field Days
PCO-Certified Hamilton Heights Dairy Farm & Emerald Valley Farm
Chambersburg, PA

Oct 6, 10am-2pm
Cover Crop Field Day
PCO-Certified Charvin Farm
Mifflin, PA

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


Organic Valley is seeking a Northeastern Hauling Coordinator responsible for coordinating milk route pickup and managing relationships with contracted milk haulers that are assigned to the position. This position is remote ideally located in or around Central PA where employee can reach all hauling bases in the assigned territory within a 4 to 6 hour drive. Experience working with farmers and the milk hauling industry or trucking industry is preferred.  For additional information, visit or call 608-625-3548.

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

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


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our August New Members
David Meulenberg
Caitlin L. Rusnica
Powder Spring Farms
Jared Yoder
Wesley Zimmerman
Sunrise Meadows Farm
William Bassett
F&B Dairy Farm LLC
Edd C. Dwyer
Paragon Foods
Glenn Eshbach
Josh Grobelny
Grobelny Family Farms
Aden Hertzler
Windy Acres
Myron Horst
Mark Kurtz
Joe Pagliarulo
Plantation Plenty LLC
Harold Pifer
Pamela J. Rhein
Meadow View Farm
Abner Riehl
Christian R. Schmitz
Green Grass Dairy
Jonas Stoltzfus
Windhill Farm
John Walden
Zach T. Young
M&W Dairy
Daniel B. Zook
Lancaster Vegetable Farmers Cooperative
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