October 2014 Blog Posts

October 27, 2014

FSMA Listening Session with VAAFM and NEASDA

Food safety regulations will affect farmers and food processors throughout the country, and NOFA Vermont has been one of many voices calling for these regulations to be amended to be appropriate for organic and small-scale farms. We hope that concerned farmers, processors, and consumers will...

October 21, 2014

Dr. Vandana Shiva to Speak in VT

We are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Vandana Shiva to Vermont for two speaking engagements next week in support of VT's GMO labeling law. Her presentation is titled: Food System Transformation and Reversing the Climate Crisis: How Vermont’s GMO labeling law is part of the solution. Dr. Shiva will...

October 20, 2014

Grant opportunities for farmers

Two grant opportunities for farmers! The Rodale Institute has  partnered with Amy's to give away approximately $25,000 this year to organic farmers (5 grants of $5,000 each). Farms must have at least 20 acres in crop production and be in transition to organic, recently certified (within 5 years),...

October 13, 2014

Farmer input wanted on surveys

Agricultural research done in universities and institutions can have a big impact on policy and funding, as well as the development of practical tools, techniques, breeds, and more for farmers. Often one of the first steps in a research project is a survey - to determine the level of need or...

October 9, 2014

Bio-based mulch approved for organic use (but don't use it yet!)

Effective October 30, 2014, the NOP has added biodegradable bio-based mulch as an allowed substance for use on organic farms.  This is a great example of the NOP responding to the needs of organic farmers. Farmers and supporters, including VOF, have long been advocating for its allowed use, as...