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March 15, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
PCO Office Building
106 School Street, Suite 201
Spring Mills, PA  16875

PCO, in collaboration with Penn State Extension, will host a day of workshops to assist agricultural educators in serving transitioning and certified organic producers.
Course topics and outcomes include:
  • Overview of organic concepts and practices
  • Organic Certification and Transition requirements
  • Results and lessons learned on reducing tillage in organic feed and forage cropping systems based on Penn State on-going research-station and on-farm research
  • Action Plan development:   Participants will develop an action plan with PCO staff and the trainers that they will use to work with farmers and producers who are interested in transitioning.
We encourage agricultural professionals, including extension, government agency, and public or private sector educators and consultants, who work with crop and forage producers in the Northeast Region to attend.
This is a free event and lunch will be provided. Registration required. Attendees will receive Penn State’s Organic Crop Production Guide!
CCA/Pesticide credits available. Public sector educators may apply for mileage reimbursement.
For more information:
Nicole McNeil
814.422.0251 x213

2017 PCO Board Election and Bylaws Vote
Deadline Extension: February 10th

Attention PCO Members:
The PCO Board plays an important role in representing the PCO membership! Please vote online by Friday, February 10th. 

Please contact Leanne Lenz with any questions at 814-422-0251 or 

Come Join the PCO Team!

Job Opening: 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 – $70,000, 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. A full job description is available here. Please send resume and cover letter to

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February 16
Delmarva Dairy Day
Hartly Fire Hall
Hartly, DE

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

February 20
Presidents Day
PCO Office Closed
Spring Mills, PA
March 1
PCO Annual Updates due

March 15, 8:30am-4pm
Organic Cropping Systems for Agricultural Professionals
State College, PA
See full announcement above.

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


New crop; oatlage, sudangrass, baleage, dry hay in round bails, & cleaned organic cover crop rye in bags, totes, or bulk- $15 bushel. Delivery available. Contact Ned Fogleman 717-994-4630
Organic hay for sale. 3x3x8 square bales. Contact Richard Kauffman for pricing and delivery: 570.367.6509. Bradford County.

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.

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


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our January New Members

Newly Certified Organic
Carnersville Farm Foundation
Eli Petersheim
Justin Oberholtzer
Linford & Jennifer Hershey
M & W Dairy
Mitsui Foods, Inc
Nello's Specialty Meats
Shelter's Farm
Snow Creek Farms, LLC

New Grassfed Certified
Aaron L. Lantz
Grobenly Family Farms
Henry L. Stoltzfus
Hidden Camp Farm
Nello's Specialty Meats
Second Draught Farm
Shetler's Farm

Wesley Winterstein
Jared Yoder

Samantha Pinkowski
Emelie Swackhammer

Renew your membership or become a member today!
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