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Things are hopping with Farm Bill this week. The House of Representatives has passed a bill out of the Agriculture Committee and has been negotiating amendments in preparation for the full House vote coming soon – there are rumors that the vote could be as early as next week.


The Senate is not far behind, but does not yet have a bill before its Agriculture Committee. They are still working on many provisions including organic and conservation. There is a chance the Committee will ‘Mark Up’ their bill in mid-May. Otherwise it could be after the Memorial Day recess.


See the Action Alert to make calls to YOUR Senators and representative and tell them you want a strong bill for organic! See some high points and low points of the House bill HERE.

The current Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2018. Will the new Farm Bill be passed in time? Given the mid-term elections, which will cause both houses to recess for most of August and large parts of September, October and even November, the Farm Bill needs to be moving very fast right now. If the Farm Bill stalls past the expiration date, there will probably be an extension, but that would only include programs with ‘baseline’ funding written into their authorization. That means virtually all organic programs could be left ‘stranded’ – with no funding to function. This includes Certification Cost Share and research programs. Keep up to date on the Sustainable Farm Bill. 

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NOFA-NY Training on Food Safety at Dairy & Field Crop Conference

What: The New Farm Food Safety Rule—How Does it Affect Your Farm? From 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), how it affects your farm, what you might need to do to comply, and have all your questions answered! It will cover the fundamentals of food and produce safety and why you might want to take an official Produce Safety Alliance training, even if your farm is exempt.

Write Your Farm Food Safety Plan! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Farm Food Safety Plans aren’t required by FSMA, but are requested by some wholesale buyers and are a good way to look at your farm and identify any problem areas to improve on-farm food safety! The session provides an overview of a farm food safety plan, discussion of how to write one for your farm, and time to create your farm’s plan with trainers on-hand to help.

Who: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY)
When: Tuesday, March 6th; 10:00 am -12:00 pmn & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Syracuse-Liverpool Holiday Inn: 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York

For more information and to register for these free sessions, email Maryellen Sheehan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 585-271-1979 x507.

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The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is a member-based, non-profit educational organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers creating a sustainable regional food system that is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

Read the full press release here.

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The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is holding its seventh annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference on Tuesday, March 6th at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, NY, 441 Electronics Parkway.

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After years of controversy, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) failed to pass the proposed recommendation prohibiting hydroponic, aquaponics and container production from being certified organic. They will continue to be allowed by some certifiers, without any consistent direction or standards from the USDA National Organic Program. [They did vote to prohibit aeroponics]. NOFA-NY will continue to not certify hydroponics operations, until there is clear guidance and standards from the USDA.

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By now, you’ve probably heard that #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the season when people demonstrate their support for the causes they care about.

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The USDA National Organic Standards Board is about to vote on whether or not they will allow organic certification of hydroponics during their next meeting, which will take place October 29 - November 4. NOFA-NY is not against hydroponic systems, we just don’t believe they are organic systems – and they should not carry the organic certification label.

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January statewide conference brings experts & attendees together to gain practical knowledge

The intersection of health and agriculture is the focus of the upcoming Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference, which will take place on January 19-21, 2018 at the Saratoga Hilton & City Center located in Saratoga Springs. NOFA-NY Executive Director Andrianna Natsoulas is thrilled about this year’s theme, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, noting that it “celebrates the production of nutritious food in an organic system that both maintains and encourages the well-being of the earth and all inhabitants.”

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NOFA-NY Executive Director quoted in Congressman Faso's press release on introducing an Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act

NY Congressman John Faso introduced a Bill to address the issue of fraudulent organic grain and feed originating from overseas which was by supported by NOFA-NY.

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Final Three On-Farm Field Days for Season Extension, Grass-based Dairy Management, and Farm Food Safety in Cattaraugus, Otsego, and Ontario Counties

The farm season continues for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's (NOFA-NY) final 2017 October on-farm field days in Allegany, Worcester, and Geneva, NY. Topics are season extension with high tunnels, grass-based dairy management, and a full-day of learning about the farm food safety “alphabet of programs” and purchasing locally-grown produce.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

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Earlier this summer, we asked you, our steadfast community, to achieve two pretty ambitious goals: to help us connect with 150 new members, and to match $5,000 in funds from generous leadership gifts. The good news? You did it! This summer our 175 new members--as well as those longtime friends who increased their support--helped raise $6,750 to meet (and beat!) our $5,000 match in record time. And to the 175 of you who joined NOFA-NY for the very first time this summer: Welcome! We are so glad you're here!

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