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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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NOFA-NY has enjoyed many years of a very productive relationship with Cornell on other projects and programs that are beneficial to the farming community of New York State. We have worked for several years tracking, researching, and communicating with Cornell about this proposed research project.

We must open with our great disappointment at your very short notice about this sole public meeting. You have stated that you want to be transparent, yet giving 2 days notice on a topic of such import shows the opposite.

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Three Field Days Hosted by Farms in Chenango, Dutchess & Tompkins Counties

September continues to bring on-farm field days by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) for farming teaching and learning in Chenango, Dutchess, and Tompkins counties throughout the month. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

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NOFA-NY DENOUNCES USDA PERMIT TO RELEASE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MOTHS IN GENEVA, NY

Farmington, NY — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) today denounced
the USDA’s permit for the world’s first open-air trials of the Genetically Engineered (GE) Diamondback moth to be released in Geneva, NY. This announcement came concurrently with the availability of a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for the field release of the GE Diamondback moths. NOFA-NY considers the Environmental Assessment lacking comprehensive health and environmental details.

“NOFA-NY considers the release of a novel genetically engineered organism to be a major activity with potentially significant and heretofore unknown health and environmental effects,” said NOFA-NY Policy Advisor Liana Hoodes. “It is now up to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure the safety of its citizens before granting the necessary state permit. We call on the NYS DEC to require a full environmental impact statement and public hearings during a complete review under State Environmental Quality Review Act.”

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From a Cultural Exchange of Soil and Science to Food Safety in the Packshed and Rotational Grazing, August’s Field Days Bring Expertise to Six New York State Farms

Half a dozen organic, on-farm field days are scheduled throughout Au-gust by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) to bring farmer-to-farmer expertise. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

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Organic Dairy Transitioning and High Tunnel Tomatoes Are Featured

Farmington, NY— The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) organic on-farm field days are heading into July, with popular topics on the following two dates:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 1-4 pm: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production. This field day will provide the basics of transitioning to organic grass-fed dairy production focusing on the Amish community in Allegany County. NOFA-NY, LLC and pioneering organic dairy farmer, Brian Stetson of Maple Hill Creamery will give a no-tech approach to grass-fed milk and organic transition. Location is David Miller Farm, 869 Peet Road, Whitesville, NY 14897 (Allegany County). Please note that there is no cell phone service or personal photos at this location. This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from the New York Farm Viability Institute.

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NOFA-NY DETAILS CONCERNS WITH OPEN FIELD TRIALS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED DIAMONDBACK MOTH

USDA’s Environmental Assessment Did Not Complete Comprehensive, Health and Environmental Review

Farmington, NY — In December, 2016, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released an Environmental Assessment (EA) of Dr. Anthony Shelton’s Cornell University application for a permit to carry out the world’s first open-air trial of a genetically engineered diamondback moth (GDM) in Geneva, New York. The diamondback moth is a pest to brassica plants worldwide.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY) considers this Assessment to be significantly lacking in comprehensive health and environmental review of the first-in-the-world open air release of the GDM — a novel organism. “We consider this to be a major activity with potentially significant and heretofore unknown health and environmental effects,” said NOFA-NY Policy Advisor Liana Hoodes.

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