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CURRENT ALERTS:
Let Your Voice be Heard!
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is conducting its annual survey of the organic community. The objective of this survey is to gauge the size and growth of the organic industry in North America by product category. This information will help OTA raise the profile of the organic industry, accurately presenting its contribution to the national economy and building credibility for its members in the eyes of the media, the government and the private sector. Click here to launch the survey.

The International Organic Inspectors Association is hosting three workshops in Montana that will provide training on Good Agricultural Practices for food safety,
at Chico Hot Springs (March 26), in Great Falls (March 30), and Helena (April 1). The workshops are designed for but not limited to: produce farmers, county sanitarians, Cooperative Extension agents and other agricultural educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm workers and interns, farm-to-institution staff and agricultural service providers. Click here for more.

SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTER TODAY: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshop,
April 27, 2015 in Missoula. Get more info here.


Check out MOA's GMO Page

Read commentary from MOA members and learn the latest about GMOs by visiting MOA's new GMO page here.

Explore the links and resources on the GMO page to learn more about GMOs and the latest efforts to eradicate them. You can also join in the conversation by sending in your comments and links. Bookmark this new GMO page and visit often for updates.


photo of tractor run up onto a bin MOA Member Benefit and Ag Safety Webpage
Montana Organic Association is now a member of the Montana’s Ag Safety Program and MOA members (farmers & ranchers) are eligible to receive a 4% discount on their State Fund premium. Find out how to make your workplace safe and apply for the discount by visiting our new Ag Safety webpage here.



Check out our Facebook page
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MOA Online Directory Webpage
Check out our online organic business Directory on the menu bar on the left. Get your farm, business or organization listed in the Directory by becoming a member here.

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CURRENT NEWS HGHILIGHTS

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.

USDA's Risk Management Agency's Organic Crops page,
including Contract Price Fact Sheet. Also: Contract Price Addendum (CPA) 2014 and Succeeding Crop Years guidelines, USDA Risk Management Agency.

Through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest land owners
who face threats to soil, water, and air quality; wildlife habitat; surface and groundwater conservation; energy conservation; and related natural resources on their land. More information here.

MOA's statement regarding escaped GMO wheat in Oregon,
June 12, 2013. Image from KAMUT®

Get involved!
Get the contact list for your Montana Representatives here.



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NEW RESOURCES

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program provides $1 million in matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State colleges and universities, and other appropriate State agencies. Funds will support research projects that address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally. More info here. Grant applications for FSMIP must be submitted electronically by May 14, 2015.

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program provide a combined total of $26.6 million divided equally between its two grant programs. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides $13.3 million to support projects for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers $13.3 million in funds for projects that support intermediary supply chain activities for businesses that process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally- or regionally-produced food products. More info about FMPP here. More info about LFPP here. Grant applications must be submitted electronically by May 14, 2015.

Over $63.2 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant Program grants are allocated to U.S. States and Territories based on a formula that considers both specialty crop acreage and production value. Interested applicants should apply directly through their State Department of Agriculture. A listing of State contacts and application due dates can be found here. Posted March 24, 2015.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and extension activities to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues.
Learn More: Specialty Crops Initiative - July 2, 2015 closing date.
Learn More: Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative - April 30, 2015 deadline.

Organic Labeling at Farmers' Markets,
Guidelines by the National Organic Program. Posted May 22, 2014.

View USDA's National Organic Program's document, Substances Used in Post-Harvest Handling of Organic Products, here. Posted May 12, 2014.

Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit,
by The Organic Center, posted April 24, 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.

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MULTIMEDIA
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 NCAT.
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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