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January 2016 Newsletter
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Vote Now for PCO Board Members! Ballots Due Feb. 1st

Dear Members,
The PCO Board's of Directors is compromised of an Advisory Board and Managing Board. The Advisory Board has a maximum of seven members, including those who are PCO certified or otherwise have a conflict of interest with the organization. The non-certified board members comprise the Managing Board, whose members must not have any conflicts of interest and has a maximum of eight members. We have designated certified and non-certified nominees in the biographies.

Current Board Members whose terms have not expired are listed on our website for reference but do not appear on the ballot. Only new nominees and board members for re-election are included on the ballot. to view the biographies and ballot please visit our website: Vote Now!
 
If you have questions about voting, please contact Diana Underwood, Diana@paorganic.org, 814-422-0251 or any governance committee member listed below. Thank you very much for your participation in this important task!
 
Best regards,
 
PCO Governance Committee
 
Ken Rice, Chair 717.278.6939
 
Jeff Mattocks: 717.367.1566
 
Charlie White: 814.863.9922

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 lia@paorganic.org.

Materials Program Manager
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces a job opening for Materials Program Manager. This position will oversee PCO’s material review program, including the publication of PCO Materials Lists, developing policies relevant to material review under the organic regulations, and will actively perform material review. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: knowledge of materials used in organic production and processing, familiarity with regulatory compliance and organic certification, knowledge of organic standards. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania; telecommuting will be considered. The planned start date for this position is Dec 2015.

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Salary range: $45,000 – 55,000, 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 lia@paorganic.org.

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 lia@paorganic.org.
 

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 February 1, 2016.

We will accept applications until the position is filled but encourage applicants to make their submission by January 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 farmfest.paorganic.org.
 
 
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Events

Pennsylvania Farm Show
January 9-16
Harrisburg, PA
Farmshow.state.pa.us
717-787-5373

Future Harvest CASA’s Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference
January 14-16
Hyattsville, MD
Futureharvestcasa.org
410-549-7878

 

Organic Valley Open Meeting
January 20
Loganton, PA
888-809-9297

PASA’s Farming for the Future Conference
February 3-6
State College, PA
Conference.pasafarming.org
814-349-9840

 

Organic Valley Open Meeting
February 9, 9:30am–3:00pm
Springs, PA
888-809-9297

PASA Webinar- Agricultural Marketing 101

February 10, 11am-1pm
pasafarming.org
814-349-9856 x17

 
Lancaster Ag Reall Health Conference
February 13, 8am-3pm
Ronks, PA
 
PASA Webinar - Finding New Markets: Wholesale, Cooperatives & Beyond
Feburay 17, 11am-1pm


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


Classifieds

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
 
Services
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.
 
Wanted
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.


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

 


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our December New Members

Newly Certified
Joseph Antonishak
Melvin Bricker
Allen M. Brubaker
Joe Curfman
Lyle Diller
Randall Fischer
Jacob F. King
Matthew King
Ethan Liddick
Kathy Lyons
Ryan Markel
Elton Z. Martin
Robert Martin
Allen Matthews
Gary Mclntire
Tyler Nowell
Brian F. Peterka
Dan Raber
Robert Sensenig
Kenneth Smith
Scott Smith
Daniel Smucker
Marsha Snyder
Ryan Stahl
Denise Staub
Gladys Stelfox
Katherine Stoltzfus
Leroy Troyer
Ken Wadel
Brian Weaver
Ernest W. Wenger
Jeff Werner

Business
Pedersen Produce LLC
 
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