April 2016 Newsletter: Farmer Scholarships Available for NOSB Meeting!

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Farmer Scholarships for NOSB Meeting Available Now!
Applications due Friday, April 8
The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is offering a limited number of scholarships to farmers wishing to attend the NOSB meeting & NOC Pre-NOSB meeting in April in Washington, D.C. Interested farmers should fill out an application here.
NOC recognizes that this is a challenging time of year for farmers to get away from their farms to attend a meeting, but hopes some farmers will choose to participate. 
Scholarship amounts will vary depending on the number of applications, and what the specific needs are.  NOC asks that scholarship recipients attend the NOC pre-NOSB meeting (it's always great to have farmers there!). They are also hoping farmers will make comments -- written or oral to the NOSB. 
Recipients will be notified of the award amount around April 12, but the scholarships will not be reimbursed until after the meeting. Click here for the application form -- applications or questions about the scholarship should be directed to Abby Youngblood:

PCO In the News
Tim Joseph of PCO Certified Maple Hill Creamery discusses PCO certification and what it means to be truly 100% PCO Grassfed
When Stonyfield Farm introduced its newest yogurt line at the beginning of 2016, a new seal was stamped on the cups next to the familiar mark of USDA Organic certification. It showed two cows munching on bright green grass in front of a sunny blue sky and read, “PCO Certified 100% Grassfed.”
First introduced in December 2013, Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s (PCO) Grassfed certification was the first third-party verification created to certify grassfed dairy products in the United States. Now, with bigger companies getting into grassfed dairy, the certification is picking up steam and it’s at the center of a larger movement to develop industry standards that support transparency for consumers and farmers who are committed to raising cows on pasture.
“I think ultimately it comes down to what people were asking us for,” said Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield’s director of organic and sustainable agriculture. “We saw that a lot of people are becoming interested in products that are 100 percent grassfed.”
There’s plenty of evidence to support Lundgren’s hunch. Whole Foods named grassfed products one of its top food trends for 2016, and companies that use grassfed dairy (and meat) are growing rapidly. After reaching a billion dollars in sales in 2015, Organic Valley credited much of its recent success to its Grassmilk products.

To read more, click here

Job Opening at PCO- Come Join Our Team!
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
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April 7, 2pm
eOrganic WEBINAR: Research Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms

April 9
Whole System Sustainability
Worthington, PA

April 10
Philly Farm & Food Fest
Philadelphia, PA

April 12
Intro to Organic Vegetable Production for Beginning Farmers
Emmaus, PA

April 19, 6-7pm
Kiva Zip: 0% Internet Loans for Farmers and Food Businesses

April 24-27
NOSB Meeting
Washington, DC

PCO Member Day
July 29
Grange Fairgrounds
Centre Hall, PA

PA Organic FarmFest 2016
July 29 & 30
Grange Fairgrounds
Centre Hall, PA

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.

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


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our March New Members

Mark Garcia
Boonsboro MD
Peter Meyers
West Chester PA 
Jacob H. Peachey
Belleville PA 
Liza Rolland
Dallas PA 
Jacob Hershberger
Wayland NY 
Mike Lappin T
Aberg NY 
Benjamin K. Stoltzfus Mill
Hall PA 
Lester Zimmerman
Penn Yan NY 

Lyn Garling
Rebersburg PA
Rudy A. Beiler
Falconer NY

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