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ADVOCACY ALERT! July 22, 2016
The Dark Act is Back and Worse than Ever
This bill has passed the Senate and House and is on President Obama's desk.
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and tell him to VETO the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill.

Save the Date for MOA's 14th Annual Conference

December 1-3, 2016, at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana

Featuring keynote speaker John P. Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science & Agroecology at Washington State University.
Mark your calendars today and check back soon for details.

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.

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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.

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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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The Good Food Awards Entry Period is open until July 31.
Learn more here.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our Armed to Farm (ATF) training August 29 – September 2  at Great Falls College.
The week-long ATF training gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. Applications are due July 22, and selected participants will be notified no later than July 27. Learn more here.

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is looking for a Beginning Farmer & Rancher (BFR) Program Coordinator.
Applications due July 24. For more information on the position, click here.

The Anaconda Community Market is an outstanding opportunity for new, experienced farmers and backyard market gardeners with vegetables, legumes, fruits, eggs, honey, dairy and meat product.
The market season runs July 12-Sept 13, Tuesdays, 4-7pm. The first market is free. Registration forms online here.

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) works with private partners to assist producers, especially limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally under-served farmers and ranchers, in effectively managing long-term risks and challenges.
Over the past 10 years, RMA has awarded $124 million for such partnership agreements involving risk management education and training programs, which provide assistance in understanding and using crop insurance programs and other tools so they can make the best risk management decisions for their agricultural operations. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 5, 2016. For more information on this program, click here.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Great Falls, Montana, August 29 – September 2.
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due July 22, and selected participants will be notified no later than July 27. To apply, click here.

USDA has extended the comment period for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Proposed Rule
until July 13, to allow the organic community, stakeholders and consumers more time to provide feedback. Send in your comments today! Posted June 10, 2016.

Sign the Stop GE Wheat campaign's petition today!
Posted June 10, 2016.

Costco going all out for organic:
You're not going to believe the new initiative this retailer is taking, by Sarah Landers,, April 14, 2016.

40 years of science: Organic ag key to feeding the world,
by Sylvia Kantor, Washington State University news, February 3, 2016.

Organic Trade Association's Top Ten Organic News Stories of 2015,
OTA, December 28, 2015.

The Organic Center's Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs in 2015,
by the Organic Center, December 28, 2015.

Occurrence of Transgenic Feral Alfalfa in Alfalfa Seed Production Areas in the United States,
Collaborative Abstract from, December 23, 2015.

USDA to require permits for GE wheat trials,
Organic Trade Association, December 15, 2015.

Read Dr. Barry Flamm's address to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
via webinar at the Fall 2015 Meeting here. Posted October 27, 2015.

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. Image from KAMUT®

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

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The Organic Seed Alliance has published "State of Organic Seed, 2016.
To download the report, visit Posted July 6, 2016.

USDA Announces Cost-Share Program to Assist with Organic Certifications.
Deadline for Applications is July 5, 2016. Read more here.

USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program.
Deadline for applications is July 1, 2016. More here. 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.

NSAC Guide Helps Farmers Navigate Value-Added Grant Application,
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, April 14, 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.

USDA announces $17.6 million available for organic grants through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Read program requirements here. Posted December 20, 2015.

Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects:
16 page bulletin to help you use cover crops to encourage pollinators and beneficial insects, by, posted December 2, 2015.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program
can be viewed here. Posted May 22, 2015.

USDA's National Organic Program published its complete 2014 listing of all certified organic operations.
Access the list here.

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.

is an online tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats from the drift that sometimes occurs during spray operations. Visit 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

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 Posted July 2, 2011.

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The Organic Effect: What Happens When You Switch to Organic Food,
Coop via, September 15, 2016.
“The Organic Life” Chronicles a Year in the Life of One Organic Farmer,
by Dr. Mercola,, July 11, 2015.
Organic Producer Video Profiles in Soil Health
, USDA, posted May 12, 2015.
MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits‬ video,, 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, posted March 6, 2015.
2014 Farm Tour at Terrapin Farm video,
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',, 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,, 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, 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,, May 16, 2012.
Food Matters, You Are What You Eat.
Watch the first 40 minutes free.
The Video Collection from
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,, 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,, Posted September 29, 2010.

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