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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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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 Files Comments to USDA Opposing the Proposed Organic Checkoff Program

Farmington, NY—In advance of the April 19th comment period deadline, the Northeast Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) yesterday formally filed comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to oppose its proposed Organic Research, Promotion and Information Order “Checkoff program.”

In its comments, NOFA-NY states that the Checkoff is not farmer friendly, will benefit United States Organic sales, not production, and will negatively impact all organic certificate holders, whether or not they are assessed. Given its stated purposes, it is unlikely to benefit the growth, sustainability or profitability of organic farmers in the U.S., yet will require burdensome paperwork for all, and is an unfair tax. NOFA-NY's complete comments document is here

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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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