August 2020 Blog Posts

August 24, 2020 •
Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project

Fostering Fairness in Agriculture

The COVID -19 crisis has exposed minor cracks and deep craters in the US food supply chain, food security and local food systems reliance and resiliency. Farmers and farmworkers are “essential,” yet there is no requirement or financial support to provide them with masks, protective care, paid leave if they get sick, and safe, transportation and housing with room for social distancing.

August 20, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Policy Director

TELL FSA: DON'T CUT ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE! 

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that they are reducing reimbursement rates for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Congress set the current reimbursement rates in the 2018 Farm Bill at 75 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $750 per scope. FSA plans to lower the rate to 50 percent of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This reduction comes in the middle of a global crisis, at a time when it is critical to support our organic farms and processors as essential to our recovery.

August 18, 2020 •
Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Policy Director

Tell Governor Scott: VETO S.54!

Updated September 23, 2020  A version of S.54 made even worse by concessions in Conference Committee has now passed the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor's desk. We - along with 64 other organizations and businesses - are calling on Governor Scott to veto...

August 7, 2020 •
Erin Buckwalter, Development & Engagement Director

Update on the Enid Wonnacott Fund

We are humbled and delighted to share that we have reached our goal of raising $500,000 for the Enid Wonnacott Fund. We are so thrilled to have this lasting tribute to Enid! The Enid Wonnacott Fund assures that Enid’s values and legacy will be carried forward long into NOFA-VT’s future

August 7, 2020 •
Kim Norman Mercer, Communications Manager

Seeking Illustrator

Request for Proposals: Farm & Food Illustrations for NOFA-VT Description of Organization The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is a nonprofit organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to grow an economically viable, ecologically...