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Montana Organic Association is now a member of the Montana’s Ag Safety Program. MOA members (farmers & ranchers) may be eligible for Ag Group return premiums if overall accidents are reduced, as well as any general dividends issued by State Fund. Find out how to make your workplace safe by visiting our Ag Safety webpage here.
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Check out our online organic business Directory. Get your farm, business or organization listed in the Directory by becoming a member here.
The FoodCorps service member application is open through March 15th! Apply here.
Crop Planning Resources from NCAT and AATRA here. Accompanying video can be foun here. Posted January 31, 2017.
USDA is seeking comments on a proposal for a new research and promotion program, the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (formerly known as Check-off), through March 20, 2017. Read the proposed rule and supplemental info here. Submit your comments through www.regulations.gov under docket number AMS-SC-16-0112. Posted January 26, 2017.
SpiritWorks Herb Farm in Whitefish is accepting applications for the coming season. For more info, visit here.
NOSB: Public comments on the 2017 Sunset Review Proposed Rule must be received by March 20, 2017. Visit here to submit your comments. Posted January 18, 2017.
AMS has announced the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule, USDA AMS, January 18, 2017.
MOA is honored to be included in Food Tank's 117 Organizations to Watch in 2017. Read more here. Posted January 10, 2017.
Two Bear Farm is looking to hire an experienced chef to operate their Farmer & Chef food truck in Whitefish, Montana for the 2017 season. Visit here for more info.
Local Food Marketing Practices Survey results were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Visit www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/Local_Food/index.php or the Quick Stats database at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov.
NCAT is hiring a Growing for Success Program Specialist. Applications due Feb. 3. Visit NCAT jobs webpage for more info. Posted December 23, 2016.
NOSB Fall 2016 Meeting Summary and links to presentation materials can be found here.
Industry Watchdog Calls for Independent Investigation of USDA’s National Organic Program, by Cornucopia Institute, December 11, 2016.
5 States That Grow the Most Organic Food Per Acre, by Ken Roseboro, EcoWatch.com, November 7, 2016.
Read the Cornucopia Institute's play by play on the Fall NOSB meeting, posted November 19, 2016.
Participate in Organic Seed Alliance's Organic Vegetable Breeding Priorities Survey by December 10, 2016.
Breaking: Organic standards under assault, by Dave Murphy, Food Democracy Now, October 25, 2016.
MOA has been chosen to be listed in the 2016 Good Food Org Guide, a definitive resource that highlights the exemplary work non-profit organizations in the United States are doing on food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Posted October 31, 2016.
How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet, by Thom Hartmann, AlterNet.org, August 5, 2016
Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National Embarrassment, by Andrew Kimbrell, AlterNet.org, August 4, 2016.
USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state, by Karl Plume, Reuters, July 29, 2016. (Image from KAMUT®)
MOA Opposes DARK Act / GMO labeling bill: Letter to MT Rep. Zinke and President Obama, July 12, 2016.
Costco going all out for organic: You're not going to believe the initiative this retailer is taking, by Sarah Landers, Alternet.org, April 14, 2016.
40 years of science: Organic ag key to feeding the world, by Sylvia Kantor, Washington State University news, February 3, 2016.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Vegetable and Fruit Growers in Montana, by Jonda Crosby, from Spring 2015 issue of MOA 's newsletter, Organic Matters, posted May 20, 2015.
MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep, by Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service, posted May 20, 2015.
New Experimental GE Wheat Contamination in Montana Puts Wheat Farmers at Risk, Center for Food Safety, September 26, 2014.
USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Montana, by Mary Clare Jalonick and Jo Dee Black, Associated Press and Great Falls Tribune, September 26, 2014.
MOA's statement regarding escaped GMO wheat in Oregon, June 12, 2013.
Get involved! Get the contact list for your Montana Representatives here.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target specific resource concerns in Montana in 2017: On-Farm Energy, Organic, High Tunnel Systems, Honey Bee Pollinators, Sage Grouse Initiative Invasive Conifer Removal, and Sage Grouse Initiative Cropland Seeding. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of Feb. 24, 2017, to apply for 2017 initiatives funding. For more information about EQIP, or other programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local USDA Service Center or visit www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is providing up to $3.8 million in 2017 through the Organic Transitions (ORG) competitive grant program. Grants will support projects focused on research, education and extension related to organic transition. Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on March 9, 2017. More information is available here.
The National Organic Coalition released a white paper titled, "Expanding Organic Production in the US: Challenges and Policy Recommendations," which can be read here. Posted January 3, 2017.
Organic Certification Cost Share monies are available. Visit here to learn more.
“How to Grow Your Organic Food Business” presentation from the Montana Organic Association Conference in Kalispell, December 2016, courtesy of MTDA's Angie Nelson and Headwaters RC&D's Joe Willauer. Posted December 23, 2016.
The Montana Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.3 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops. Technical assistance calls will be held on February 1 and 15, 2017. For more information, visit here. Posted December 23, 2016.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $1.2 million for a Yellowstone Region Agricultural Sustainability Project, which seeks to define best management practices that would lower natural resource consumption and degradation for irrigated agricultural producers in Big Horn, Carbon, and Yellowstone counties in southern Montana. For more info, visit here or call Erik Suffridge, (406) 587-6873. Posted December 23, 2016.
Organic Farming Research Foundation's 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report provides comprehensive recommendations for future investment in organic agricultural research. Read the report here.
Organic Seed Alliance's Montana Organic Seed Assessment: Vegetables, 2016 is available for free download here.
ATTRA Webinar: “Crop Planning for Vegetable Farmers” was recorded and archived on NCAT’s ATTRA program website at, where it’s available to view free of charge. If you have questions concerning the webinar or any other sustainable-agriculture issues, you can use the email “Ask an Ag Expert” feature on the website or call the ATTRA “hotline” at 800-346-9140. Both are free of charge.
Organic Seed Alliance released a report that details the organic seed needs of vegetable growers in Montana. The findings can be found here. Posted December 16, 2016.
USDA is currently accepting initial applications for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - a national program that rewards farmers for protecting and enhancing natural resources on their working lands. CSP funding includes expanded options for conservation activities and an increased minimum payment to help smaller-scale producers. Contracts may include cover crops and rotational grazing to ecologically-based pest management. Interested farmers should visit their local NRCS office and fill out a short form by February 3, 2017 to take advantage of this opportunity. Posted December 8, 2016.
Community Food & Agriculture Coalition launched a statewide specialty crop mini-grant, a regional 0% interest loan, and a free technical assistance program for those considering Farm Service Agency financing, posted November 18, 2016. More here.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through February 3, 2017. Posted November 19, 2016.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants for research and outreach activities to support organic agriculture through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Applications are due by January 19, 2017.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces the Availability of $17.7 Million to Train, Educate the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
2017 applications are due Dec. 8, 2016. See the request for applications for more details.
Reports Describe Plant Breeding Priorities for Organic, OSA and Cornell University have each released a report that details plant breeding priorities for organic agriculture in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast. Posted October 7, 2016.
A new ATTRA tipsheet, “Grasshoppers – Botanical Control Formulations” summarizes the most effective ways to use some of those botanicals, including neem, garlic, mint, and eucalyptus. It also contains references for further study. Download this free publication here.
The Organic Seed Alliance has published "State of Organic Seed, 2016. To download the report, visit http://stateoforganicseed.org/. Posted July 6, 2016.
FarmAnswers.org is a Clearinghouse to Help You Start and Advance Your Agricultural Business. Find out more here.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry, and Grain (LPG) Market News recently published the National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs report. Published bi-weekly, this report provides organic price information at the farm gate and on a delivered elevator basis. The report also highlights the market's spot trade and forward contract activity.
Grants for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance: USDA recently announced the availability of $4.7 million in grants offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are designed to help stakeholders comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). For more information, visit here. Posted May 4, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making grant funding available for several of its programs. To find information on how to apply to these programs, please visit:
• New Market Opportunities for U.S. Food and Agricultural Products
• Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)
• Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
Posted March 17, 2016.
USDA Financial Assistance Available to Help Organic Farmers Create Conservation Buffers, USDA, February 26, 2016.
Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects: 16 page bulletin to help you use cover crops to encourage pollinators and beneficial insects, by SARE.org, posted December 2, 2015.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program can be viewed here. Posted May 22, 2015.
Organic Labeling at Farmers' Markets, Guidelines by the National Organic Program. Posted May 22, 2014.
The Vegetable Grower’s Guide to Organic Certification is meant for vegetable farmers who embrace the philosophy of organic agriculture, but aren’t yet certified. Free download of publication from the National Young Farmers Coalition. Posted March 17, 2014.
The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing, Drake Agricultural Law Center, posted November 20, 2013.
ATTRA creates Farmer Knows Best forum, posted November 19, 2013.
Organic Control of Perennial Weeds with Vinegar and Biologicals, SARE research report, coordinated by Jess Alger, posted April 22, 2013.
The USDA Risk Management Agency has published several reports on Organic Crops, including the Organic Crop Insurance Fact Sheet. These reports can be found here. Posted April 22, 2013.
The National Organic Program Handbook provides those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with guidance and instructions that can assist them in complying with the USDA organic regulations. Posted March 1, 2013.
Farm Journal's Legacy Project graciously offers a free online Farm Succession Workbook here. Posted January 28, 2013.
DriftWatch is an online tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats from the drift that sometimes occurs during spray operations. Visit www.driftwatch.org. Posted January 28, 2013.
Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has released a comprehensive and much-anticipated publication, the Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts, written to help farmers make informed decisions at every stage of the contract relationship (available for free download at www.flaginc.org).
Read the Organic Growers Association's stewardship article, Compost Matters, here.
OSA Publishes Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit, by Cathleen McCluskey, posted June 9, 2012.
Organic Seed Alliance has created new multi-media seed production tutorials for beets
and chard, brassicas, carrots, lettuce, onions, and wet seeded crops, along with tutorials
on seed climatic considerations, seed disease and seed quality. To access the tutorials, visit http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=377. Posted July 2, 2011.
Meet Four Young Farmers Who Are Rising to the Challenge of Water Scarcity in the Western U.S., by Chelsey Simpson, Alternet.org, December 7, 2016.
Vienna’s Veggie Orchestra Literally Plays with Food, CNN, September 23, 2016.
The Organic Effect: What Happens When You Switch to Organic Food, Coop via RobynOBrien.com, September 15, 2016.
“The Organic Life” Chronicles a Year in the Life of One Organic Farmer, by Dr. Mercola, mercola.com, July 11, 2015.
Organic Producer Video Profiles in Soil Health, USDA, posted May 12, 2015.
MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits video, YouTube.com, posted May 12, 2015.
PBS video of MOA Board Members Andrew Long, Seth Swanson, and Casey Bailey working with the NRCS.
New Video: Say Goodbye to Old MacDonald and Choose a Better Future! by OnlyOrganic.org, posted March 6, 2015.
2014 Farm Tour at Terrapin Farm video, by USDA RMA and NCA
2014 Cover Crop Tour video collection, by NCAT/ATTRA, posted September 29, 2014.
Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity (Podcast), by Carol Grieve', FoodIntegrityNow.org, April 8, 2014.
Organic Matters: Vermont Organic Growers on Food and Farming, by Helen Whybrow and Michael Sacca, posted February 27, 2014.
U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers Safety Videos, posted November 1, 2013.
Humus - the essential ingredient: Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa
Video: 11 year-old takes down Monsanto in TED Talk, by Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety.com, May 29, 2013.
What's So Special About Organic Seed?, by Gail Nickel-Kailing, Good Food World, February 21, 2013.
Food Mythbusters' Movies: The real story about what we eat. Posted February 27, 2013.
Non-GMOs after Prop 37 with Jeffrey Smith, via GaiamTV.com, November 23, 2012.
Eight videos from Institute for Responsible Technology newsletter, Nov. 1, 2012.
View groundbreaking documentary, Genetic Roulette, for free until Nov. 6, Institute for Responsible Technology, September 15, 2012.
Watch the trailer to Jeffrey M. Smith’s groundbreaking new feature length documentary, Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives, narrated by Lisa Oz. Institute for Responsible Technology, August 8, 2012.
Four food documentaries everybody should watch, by John McKiernan, NaturalNews.com, May 16, 2012.
Food Matters, You Are What You Eat. Watch the first 40 minutes free.
The Video Collection from NutritionFacts.org offers hundreds of videos with the latest in nutrition research.
GMOs failing across America - Farmer to Farmer film reveals disastrous failure by PF Louis, posted Sept 19, 2011. The mainstream media reports almost nothing about the downside of GMO farming. Only the propaganda of creating more agricultural abundance cheaply is broadcasted. A short video documentary "Farmer to Farmer: The Truth about GM Crops" offers a glimpse into the undisclosed downside reality of GMO farming.
The best new online videos you'll want to check out: Define Better, FLOW, Awakening and more, NaturalNews.com, posted Sept 19, 2011.
OCA's Thalia Kazakos offers another great video on how and why anti-GMO activists should organize local activists and dump GMO-tainted products in front of natural food stores, posted May 26, 2011.
Nourishing the Planet TV: Empowering Women to Feed Communities, posted February 9, 2011.
Herb Sand's Organic Farm Video, posted January 27, 2011.
Eleven-year-old Describes Broken Food System in Five Minutes, CommonDreams.org, Posted September 29, 2010.
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