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New Beginning Farmer and Conservation Crop Insurance Changes Announced,
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog, July 1, 2014.

Awesome: Oregon Aims to Be First State to Map GMO Fields,
by Christina Sarich, NaturalSociety.com, June 20th, 2014.

How the USDA Can Make or Break Public Health, and Why It Has Chosen the Latter,
by Dr. Mercola, Mercola.com, June 18, 2014.

OTA releases 2014 Infographic highlighting the latest industry statistics
from across the sector, June 17, 2014.

National Organic Standards Board Threatened by USDA Maneuvering,
by Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog, June 17, 2014.

Big Food is already suing Vermont over its GMO labeling law,
by John Upton, Grist.org, June 13, 2014.

Can Organic Farming Counteract Carbon Emissions?
by Rani Molla, The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2014.

New Pilot Program Offers Coverage for Fruits and Vegetables, Organic and Diversified Farms,
USDA, May 21, 2014.

Response to “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable,”
The Organic Center Blog, May 18, 2014.

May 2014: The National Organic Standards Board elected Dr. Jean Richardson as its new Chair.
Jean was appointed to the NOSB in January 2012 in one of the three "Consumer/ Public Interest" positions. Jean is Professor Emerita, University of Vermont, where she taught Environmental Studies and Environmental Law. She currently works with her family to produce certified organic maple syrup and is an independent inspector of organic farms and processors, as well as providing consultation on rural land use planning and serving as a Justice of the Peace. Image from NOSB.

Antibiotics banned in organic apples and pears,
by Lisa J. Bunin, Center for Food Safety, May 15, 2014.

Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law,
by Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN.com, May 8, 2014.

Turmoil Shakes National Organics Standards Board Meeting in Texas,
Cornucopia News, May 8, 2014.

Statement on Arrest of Organic Consumers Association Political Director at National Organic Meeting in San Antonio, Ronnie Cummins, OCA, April 30, 2014.

Expanding Opportunities for Small-Scale Beef Producers,
USDA blog by Craig Morris, April 29, 2014. Image from USDA blog.

Open Letter from National Organic Standards Board to USDA Regarding Degredation of Organic Standards,
by Jim Riddle, Jeff Moyer and Barry Flamm, via the OCA and The Cornucopia Institute, April 24, 2014. Also read Senators Leahy and DeFazio's letter to the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture regarding NOSB Sunset changes here.

Vermont Lawmakers Pass GMO Labeling Bill; Governor Expected To Sign,
by Dave Gram and Lisa Rathke, Huffington Post, April 24, 2014.

Vermont Senate votes 26-2 for GMO labeling,
by Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, April 15, 2014.

Crop Contamination Takes its Toll on non-GM and Organic Farmers,
by IRT News Team in Spilling the Beans Newsletter April 13, 2014.

New bill threatens mandatory GMO labeling
In early April, Congressman Pompeo (R-KS) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432), which would mandate federal voluntary GMO labeling, preempt states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws, and preempt the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from ever requiring GMO labeling. Contact your Representative and urge him or her to REJECT the Pompeo legislation!
http://capwiz.com/ota/issues/alert/?alertid=63184951&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

How Organic Food Is Breaking Down All Class Boundaries,
by Tracie McMillan, Alternet.org, April 15, 2013.

Farm bill includes support for organic, including Certification Cost Share,
by Harriet Behar, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service. Posted April 1, 2014.

Biological Gardening—A Food Growing System That Easily Beats Genetic Engineering,
Dr. Mercola, mercola.com, March 23, 2014.

California Lowers Requirements For Organic Label Under Drought Conditions,
by Lydia O'Connor, Huffington Post, March 21, 2014.

Biotech Contamination in Traded Food on the Rise,
by Bloomberg, AgWeb.com, March 13, 2014.

Raising Crops and Awareness (profile of Bob Quinn of Kamut),
by Cindy Riley, Washington Post/Organic Living, posted March 12, 2014.

U.S. Farmers Report Widespread GMO-Organic Crop Contamination,
by Christina Sarich, NaturalSociety.com, March 7, 2014.

Organic Fire Blight Prevention Project and Report, The Organic Center, March 3, 2014.

Read MOA's response letter to Monsanto's proposed wheat research site near Great Falls, posted February 26, 2014.
Strangely (or not so), the Great Falls Tribune has severed all links to this story. Instead, read the Genet archive of the story.
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Farm Bureau Supports New GMO Program (video news report), by Brittany Wright, ABC Fox Montana, February 25, 2014.

Local marries farm, policy passions; Along the Divide; Profiles of people, places, by Angela Brandt, Great Falls Tribune, February 17, 2014.

New farm bill allocates 80 percent of $1 trillion spending program toward food stamps; $200 million annually toward advertising for Big Ag, by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com, February 12, 2014.

Voluntary Instead of Mandated GMO Food Labeling: The Industry’s Latest Ploy, by Christina Sarich, NaturalSociety.com, February 10, 2014.

Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms, by Eliza Barclay, The Salt, February 06, 2014.

Organic Trade Association applauds Senate passage of Farm Bill, February 4, 2014.

USDA: A One-Stop Shop for Organics, with Lots in Store, by Mark Lipson, USDA.gov, posted February 3, 2014.

The New Farm Bill: Yet Again, Not Ready for Climate Change, by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, January 31, 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.

United Fresh, OTA Cheer House Passage of Farm Bill, by Meg Major, ProgressiveGrocer.com, January 30, 2014.

Dow Chemical is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D,
by Center for Food Safety, January 29, 2014.

Monsanto eyes Great Falls site, by Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune, January 28, 2014.

Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Overtakes Monsanto as “Most Evil Corporation on the Planet”
by Dr. Mercola, Mercola.com, January 28, 2014.

Monsanto eyes Great Falls site, by Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune, January 28, 2014.

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill, by Lori Montgomery, Washington Post, January 16, 2014.

Contract Price Addendum (CPA) 2014 and Succeeding Crop Years guidelines, USDA Risk Management Agency.

Leaps and Bounds: The Exploding Demand for non-GMO Animal Feed, Ken Roseboro, Organic Connections, January 14, 2014.

Food Industry's Draft Bill for GMO Labeling, Organic Consumers Association, January 7, 2013.

Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients,
Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY, January 2, 2014.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announced FY 2014 enrollment periods for NRCS conservation initiatives, including the High Tunnel Initiative, Organic Initiative, and On-Farm Energy Initiative, among others. They are accepting applications through May 16, 2014. More info here.

Contract Price Addendum (CPA), 2014 and Succeeding Crop Years

(The CPA is available for insured crops that are grown under contract if contract pricing
is allowed within the actuarial documents and under the terms of this addendum.)
Released May 2013

More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk, by Kenneth Chang, NY Times, December 9, 2013.

USDA's Value-Added Producer Grantshelp agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Closing Date: February 24, 2014.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Farm Bill, Center for Food Safety, October 31, 2013.

Growth Patterns in the U.S. Organic Industry, by Catherine Greene, USDA Report, October 24, 2013.

Analysis of FDA’s Proposed Food Safety Regulations, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, October 24, 2013.

MOA members Jacob and Courtney Cowgill from Prairie Heritage Farm are showcased in New Pioneer Magazine's Winter 2014 issue. More info and photos here.

The Organic Watergate, by Cornucopia Institute from May 2012. Posted October 14, 2013.

Victory! CFS and Allies Defeat "Monsanto Protection Act" in Congress, Center for Food Safety, September 26, 2013.

Senators Angle for Monsanto-Friendly FDA Voluntary GMO Labeling 'Guidance',
by Katherine Paul and Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association, September 25, 2013.

Exclusive: Has GMO Alfalfa Already Contaminated Non-Alfalfa Fields? by Dr. Mercola, Mercola.com. September 24, 2013.

U.N.: These 7 Companies Impede Global Food Security, by Brian Stoffel, The Motley Fool, September 24, 2013.

Tests show GM traits in Washington alfalfa samples, by Eric Mortenson, Capital Press, September 13, 2013.

Farm to College program marks 10 years of buying local, by Martin Kidston, Missoulian, September 13, 2013.

Global organic market grows during economic downturn, by Steve Brown, Capital Press, September 4, 2013.

Organic Index 8.1.13, Organic Consumers Association, July 31, 2013.

Pooping Canada geese may have spread GM wheat seeds
,
By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, July 23, 2013.

EPA raises levels of glyphosate residue allowed in food, by Laura Sesana, Washington Times, July 5, 2013.

Maine House Gives First Nod to GMO Labeling Bill in Landslide Vote, by Steve Mistler, OCA.org, June 13, 2013.

MOA's statement regarding escaped GMO wheat in Oregon,
June 12, 2013.

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food, by Dr. Mercola, June 11, 2013.

How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies, by Tamara Keith, NPR.org, June 11, 2013.

Region's farmers not confident in GMO safeguards, by Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette, June 9, 2013.

Kansas wheat farmer sues Monsanto over rogue wheat release, by Carey Gillam, Reuters, June 5, 2013.

Connecticut Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill,
by Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety.com, June 3, 2013.

3 Staple Foods that Big Ag Has Stripped of All Nutrients, by Thom Martmann, Alternet.org, June 3, 2013

Max Baucus – Monsanto’s puppet,
by George Ochenski, Missoulian, June 3, 2013.

Genetically modified wheat: Discovery in Oregon field re-ignites a scientific dispute,
by Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian, June 1, 2013. Image from KAMUT®

Monsanto's 'Genetic Pollution' Threatens US Wheat Industry,
by Andrea Germanos, CommonDreams.org, May 31, 2013.

The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic Can Feed the World, by Christina Sarich, NaturalSociety.com, May 29, 2013.

9 Things You Should Know About the New Farm Bill, by Patty Lovera, Alternet.org, May 28, 2013.

Senate Shoots Down GMO Labeling Bill,
by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society, May 24, 2013.

The 2013 Farm Bill, What to Know, What to Do, By Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association, May 23, 2013.

Monsanto Protection Act May Soon be Repealed Thanks to Activism,
by Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety.com, May 22, 2013.

Ag secretary: U.S. House version of farm bill could hurt Montana
,
by Rob Chaney, Missoulian, May 22, 2013.

Support Senator Tester's Farm Bill amendment to improve seed choices for farmers,
by Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, May 20, 2013.

Intensified production needed to feed world, HortiBiz.com, May 16, 2013.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Unveils Vision for U.S. Organic Agriculture
, Announces Organic Crop Insurance, Other Measure, USDA, May 14, 2013.

Doubts surface about safety of common food additive, carrageenan,
by Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune, posted May 10, 2013.


The National Organic Program (NOP) announced the availability of draft guidance
on Classification of Materials (NOP 5033) and Materials for Organic Crop Production (NOP 5034). The NOP will be accepting public comments on these materials until June 3, 2013. 

Barry Flamm Elected to Cornucopia's Policy Advisory Panel,
The Cornucopia Institute, posted May 1, 2013.

Tester: Label Genetically Engineered Foods
, Northern Ag Network, posted on April 29, 2013.

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) now offers microloans up to $35,000 for beginning, niche and small farmers.
More here. April 24, 2013.

Organic Control of Perennial Weeds with Vinegar and Biologicals,
SARE research report, coordinated by Jess Alger, posted April 22, 2013.

A list of important dates for 2013 - 2014
can be read here.

In an effort to promote and improve access to local foods, Good Earth Market in Billings has put a map together of 54 of the over 100 local producers from Montana and northern Wyoming who they purchase from every day.
See the map here. Posted April 5, 2013.

The Monsanto Protection Act? A Debate on Controversial New Measure Over Genetically Modified Crops,
Democracy Now, April 2, 2013.

The organic community has voiced great interest in establishing clear definitions and procedures related to conflict of interest, particularly with respect to NOSB operations. The NOP has issued a memo to the Board on this topic.  Read the letter here.

Montana House committee OKs bill to let small farms sell raw milk
, by Mike Dennison, Missoulian, March 23, 2013.

As of the end of 2012, 17,750 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now approximately 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 100 countries. See the National Organic Program's updated list of certified organic operations here. Posted March 22, 2013.

Antibiotic use on organic apples and pears proves unnecessary -- Here's how to end the madness and protect yourself, by Carolanne Wright, NaturalNews.com, March 19, 2013.

MOA in the News at Fresh Food Forum
in Great Falls, KRTV News, March 18, 2013.

Whole Foods announces mandatory GMO labeling by 2018; here's how it happened, by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com, March 9, 2013.

Connecting the Dots: Corporate Influence at the USDA’s National Organic Program, Cornucopia Institute White Paper, Posted March 7, 2013.

USDA approves Monsanto alfalfa despite presence of infertility-causing pathogens, by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com, March 7, 2013.

Organic crop insurance premiums reduced,
by Steve Brown, Capital Press, March 5, 2013.

Monsanto’s Patents on Life, by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association, Feb. 27, 2013.

Citizen Scientist: Dave Christensen wants to feed the world’s hungriest people, one handful of colorful corn at a time, by Scott McMillion, Good Food World, Posted February 27, 2013.

Organic 101: Strengthening Organic Integrity through Increased Residue Testing, by Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator, February 22, 2013.

Organic farmers appeal Monsanto court ruling, by John McKiernan, NaturalNews.com, January 29, 2013.

New farm bill gives Monsanto carte blanche - Massive public outcry necessary to stop the legislation from passing into law, by Carolanne Wright, NaturalNews.com, January 22, 2013.

Threat of 'secret' farm bill looms as Big Ag pushes Congress for preferential treatment
, by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com, January 10, 2013

Farm Bill Extension Is Added to Fiscal Agreement, by Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call, December 31, 2012.

Natural News seeking large quantities of organic nuts, fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, trail mixes, herbs and spices,
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com, December 14, 2012.

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: No Bill is Better than a Bad Bill, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, December 12, 2012.

Organic farmers condemn U.S. report, claim it favors GMO
, by Carey Gillam, Reuters, November 28, 2012.

Seven key ways organic farming is superior to industrial agriculture, by John McKiernan, NaturalNews.com, November 28, 2012.

Food Safety Modernization Act Could Finally Be Implemented With Election Over, by Joe Satran, HuffingtonPost.com, November 20, 2012.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by wildfires throughout Montana. Applications for 2012 wildfire recovery funding must be submitted by November 16, 2012. More here.

Montana FSA: Important Upcoming FSA Dates and Deadlines
, posted November 10, 2012.

NRCS Announces Major Conservation Initiatives for 2013 for the organic, seasonal high tunnel, and sage-grouse conservation initiatives. Applications must be received by Dec. 21, 2012, to be considered for funding in 2013. More here.

Why the Right to Know What's in Our Food Has Become One of the Biggest Fights of the Election, by Ari LeVaux, AlterNet.org, October 22, 2012.

Vote for the Dinner Party,
Michal Pollan, New York Times, October 10, 2012.

Read the USDA's updated organic labeling fact sheet,
posted September 14, 2012.

5 Ways the Stanford Study Sells Organics Short,
by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 5, 2012.

Stanford research confirms health benefits driving consumers to organic, by Barbara Haumann, Organic Trade Association, September 4, 2012.

Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label Genetically Modified Food,
by Will Allen, Organic Consumers Association, August 27, 2012.

The next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is October 15-18, 2012, in Providence, Rhode Island. NOSB is accepting public comments about its fall 2012 proposals until September 24.  View press release here. Submit comments here. More meeting info here.

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.

Tell Congress to Dump the Biotech Riders
, The Center for Food Safety, August 6, 2012.

GMOs cause animals to lose their ability to reproduce, Russian scientists discover, by Jonathan Benson,
NaturalNews.com, August 6, 2012.

Why a Major Food Organization Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What's in Your Food
, by Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet.org. Posted August 4, 2012.

Who Owns Organics?: A Look at the Ownership Structure of Our Industry,
by Philip H. Howard, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, posted August 3, 2012 .

(Farm Bill:) Disaster in the Making, MFU Public Radio Commentary By Sandy Courtnage, July 24, 2012.

4-H’er enters first-ever organic steer in Gallatin County Fair,
by Whitney Bermes, Bozeman Chronicle, July 22, 2012.

Tell Congress: No Free Pass for Monsanto! (update on the Monsanto riders in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill and the Farm Bill),
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, OrganicConsumers.org, July 17, 2012.

The 'Monsanto Rider': Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?
by Alexis Beden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet.org, July 12, 2012.

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!,
FoodDemocracyNow.org, posted July 12, 2012.

92 percent of Americans want the FDA to label GMO foods - Sign this labeling petition if you're one of them,
by Ethan Huff, NaturalNews.com, July 12, 2012.

How Monsanto Is Sabotaging Efforts to Label Genetically Modified Food,
by Charlotte Silver, AlterNet.org, June 26, 2012.

Senators who voted for and against GMO labeling,
June 21, 2012.

Why genetically engineered food is dangerous:
New report by genetic engineers, Earth Open Source, June 17, 2012.

GMO labeling victory! Measure accepted onto California ballot; now the real battle begins,
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.org, June 13, 2012.

Obama Administration Report on Agricultural Economy Highlights Contribution of Organic Sector,
OTA, June 13, 2012.

Alcohol can be a gas (and find a station near you),
by David Blume, posted June 13, 2012.

OSA Publishes Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit,
by Cathleen McCluskey, posted June 9, 2012.

Top Ten GMO Foods to Avoid Eating,
by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.org, June 2, 2012.

Battle Brewing Over Labeling of Genetically Modified Food,
by Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack, NYTimes.com, May 24, 2012.

New technology can detect as little as 0.1 percent GMO contamination in crops, food,
by Jonathan Benson, NaturalNews.com, May 21, 2012.

Four food documentaries everybody should watch,
by John McKiernan, NaturalNews.com, May 16, 2012.

Big Sandy producer heads to Washington on behalf of organic farmers, by Terri Adams, Prairie Star, May 7, 2012.

GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating
, by Aurora Geib, NaturalNews.com, posted May 2, 2012.

Final Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative Due June 1, 2012.
Learn more about the Organic Initiative here.

Check out our new Facebook page
here.

Is Vermont's Governor Surrendering to Monsanto?
, by Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet.org, April 19, 2012.

Best Things to Buy Organic, Health.com, April 18, 2012

Farmers defend their right to grow food: Appeal filed in family farmers vs. Monsanto case, by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com, April 15, 201.2

An Excerpt from Atina Diffley’s New Book, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, Heavy Table, April 2, 2012.

Fifty-Five Members Of Congress Call On FDA To Require Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Foods, Center for Food Safety, posted March 23, 2012.

Environmental Outlook: Organic Food Standards, Diane Rehm Radio Show, WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC, posted March 23, 2012.

Don't believe the lie: Organic farming CAN feed the world
Ethan A. Huff, Huffington Post, posted March 5, 2012.

Monsanto Guilty: Paul Francois, French Farmer, Poisoned By Biotech Giant's Chemicals,
Reuters/Huffington Post, posted March 1, 2012.

Occupy vs. Monsanto: Activists, Farmers Fight the Corporation They Fear Will Take Over All America's Crops,
by Anna Lekas Miller, AlterNet.org, posted March 1, 2012.

MOA Launches New GMO Webpage, February 4, 2012.

Just Label It graphic and linkMOA Endorses Just Label It Campaign
A recent study shows that 93% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Yet for 20 years we have been denied that right. Without labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, we cannot make informed choices about the food we eat. The Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods. MOA is the latest of hundreds of partner organizations that have joined together in support of the FDA petition and the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.  We hope to raise awareness of this issue, drive consumers to submit comments to the FDA and let Washington know that Americans want labeling of genetically engineered foods. Please visit www.justlabelit.org for more information and instructions on how to submit your comments to the FDA.

How Genetically Modified Foods Could Affect Our Health in Unexpected Ways
, by Ari LeVaux, Alternet.org, posted Jan 10, 2012.

Wholesale Approval of Genetically Engineered Foods — Obama Administration Disappoints/Angers Public, Cornucopia News, Jan 4, 2012.

Six Myths Busted by Organic in 2011, Organic Trade Association, December 2011.

How Change is Coming to Our Food System, Michael Pollan, The Nation, posted December 20, 2011.

Natural Society’s Top 10 Most Important Stories of 2011, Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety.com, December 19, 2011.

The Promising Potential of Open-pollinated Corn, by Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance Blog, December 18, 2011. This article is a response to a New York Times opinion piece published on December 15, 2011, titled: “Nepal and Others Mull Monsanto’s Role in Advancing Agriculture.”

USDA report shows organic wheat outshines conventional. A special Agricultural Resource Management Survey conducted by USDA has shown that organic wheat and all wheat producers had similar yields, on average, in 2009, but organic wheat producers received significant price premiums. As a result, the average gross value of production for organic wheat was $110 per acre higher than for all wheat producers, the USDA’s Economic Research Service report shows. Posted December 13, 2011.

“Big Six” Pesticide Manufacturers Guilty of Human Rights Violations, Center for Food Safety, December 10, 2011.

NCR-SARE Announces 2012 Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals
, now available online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant, November 29, 2011.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Bulletin on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative.
This bulletin provides guidance to State Conservationists for administering the EQIP Organic Initiative in FY 2012.  November 17, 2011.

How to Design a Small Farm, By Lauren Ware, About.com Guide, November 2011.

Build a 12X16' Hoop House, MotherEarthNews.com, November 2011.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Bulletin on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative.
This bulletin provides guidance to State Conservationists for administering the EQIP Organic Initiative in FY 2012.  November 17, 2011.

Barry Flamm’s Frontier
, Matthew Frank, Missoula Independent,  October 27, 2011. (Barry Flamm is a co-founder of MOA, NOP’s NOSB Board Member and MOA’s NOSB correspondent.)

Study: Organic farming outperforms conventional in yields, economic viability, conservation, and health, Rodale Report by Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.org, October 20, 2011.

Eat Your Medicine: Food as Pharmacology, Mark Hyman, MD, AOL Healthy Living, October 18, 2011.

Barry Flamm’s Frontier
, Matthew Frank, Missoula Independent,  October 27, 2011. (Barry Flamm is a co-founder of MOA, NOP’s NOSB Board Member and MOA’s NOSB correspondent.)

Death Blow to GMO Foods? An effort has just been announced in California that seeks to gather enough signatures to put an historical initiative on the ballot which would require the labeling of GMOs in foods. Mike Adams, NaturalNews.org, October 3, 2010.

On the Road with GoodFoodWorld.com,
stories from farms in the region. Posted Sept 19, 2011.

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields,
Ethan A. Huff, NaturalNews.com. Posted September 19, 2011.

Why is George Soros selling gold and buying farmland?,
Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com, posted Sept 19, 2011.

Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing three inches daily, destroying farm equipment,
Ethan A. Huff, naturalnews.com, posted Sept. 19, 2011.

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 20. 2011.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill five imminent vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
More here. Posted April 10, 2011.

MOA members John and Crystal Walkup were the subjects of a recent article on their Mission Mountain Egg Farm here. Missoula Independent, posted April 10, 2011.

Kamut International named state's exporter of the year, Great Falls Tribune, March 5, 2011.

Smiths raise organic beef near Lavina,
Billings Gazette, posted February 9, 2011.

The Food Safety and Modernization Act
was approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011. MOA member, Jacob Cowgill, provides a summary and some links to assist in understanding the bill.

USDA is offering Conservation Funding to Organic Producers.
USDA will provide funding to help organic producers and those transitioning to organic production implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations. March 4, 2011 is the submission deadline. Contact your local NRCS Service Center or visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs to find the one nearest you. Posted December 20, 2010.

Ag Safety Webpage
Find out how to make your workplace safe and apply for a 4% discount on Workmans Comp premiums by visiting MOA's Ag Safety webpage here. Posted November 29, 2010.

The Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management program at MSU focuses on the processes that affect nutrient cycling so that they can be managed more sustainably. Soil testing can detect low nutrient levels that lead to possible crop nutrient deficiencies. Read more here.

Hamilton organic farm (and MOA board member) raising chickens, funds for food bank, by Perry Backus, Ravalli Republic, printed by the Missoulian, November 23, 2010.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana is accepting applications for three Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) special initiatives that target funds for specific natural resource issues on private agricultural land in Montana. December 23 deadline. Posted November 22, 2010.

Trailer: Farmageddon, the Movie,
Kristin Canty, Producer/Director. Farmageddon is a documentary about the escalating fight for food rights in America. Posted November 17, 2010.

Organic Food: Cutting Through The Confusion, by Maria Rodale, Huffington Post,  November 6, 2010.

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents, by Andrew Pollack, NY Times, October 29, 2010.

Obesity in America: Are Factory Farms, Big Pharma and Big Food to Blame?,
by Mark Hyman, MD, Huffington Post, October 25, 2010.

The World's First Organic Dairy Rap Video,
The Grist, October 19, 2010.

Longtime MOA member, Bob Quinn of Kamut International, to receive Organic Trade Association’s highest honor,
OTA, August 24, 2010.

Revised Senate Food Safety Bill Includes Important Amendments,
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, August 13, 2010.

Read the REAL impact of S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, here
. From FarmAndRanchFreedom.org, posted August 5, 2010.

Senator Tester has signed on to a congressional letter addressed to USDA regarding GE alfalfa. Senator Leahy and Representative DeFazio initiated this letter to point out the serious shortcomings of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Roundup Ready alfalfa. You can access a link to the letter here.

Over 150 organizations have signed onto a letter to U.S. Senators
asking them to support amendments by Senators Jon Tester and Kay Hagan to S. 510 to protect the viability of small local processors and farms that sell direct to consumers. Read more and sign on here.

USDA’s Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, responds to MOA’s letter urging support of organic issues. Read here.

Supreme Court Case a Defeat for Monsanto's Ambitions
, Huffington Post, June 21, 2010.

Organizations and businesses ask Departments of Justice and Ag to take a hard look at Monsanto’s comments regarding health of seed industry.
Read the Organic Seed Alliance’s June 1, 2010, press release here.

Read letter to Senator Tester from MOA and AERO regarding genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa
here.

Read MOA member Dave Oien's Small Food Safety comments
to the Great Falls Tribune, May 26, 2010, here.

David Edward Buschena (1964-2010)
Respected colleague, David Edward Buschena, passed away on April 26. David and his meaningful work will be greatly missed. Read his obituary here.

Food Safety Bill News
Tester to introduce ‘common sense’ amendments to food safety bill, April 14, 2010, press release. Resulting blog by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, April 14 and news story by the Billings Gazette, April 15.

Millions Against Monsanto has published a leaflet titled, 10 Things Monsanto Does Not Want You to Know. Download it here.

USDA Inspector General Finds Bush Administration Ignored Organic Laws, Cornucopia.org, March 18, 2010

Bloom is off organic grains: Prices are down, but growers optimistic, by Peter Johnson, Great Falls Tribune, March 14, 2010

Deciphering 'grass-fed,' by Nancy Reece Jones, Great Falls Tribune, March 12, 2010

AATRA Weekly Harvest Newsletter, March 10, 2010

photo of alfalfa plantMore Than 200,000 NGOs, Farmers, Consumers, and Organic Producers Call for USDA to Prohibit Genetically Engineered Alfalfa.
The National Organic Coalition (NOC) announced on March 3, 2010, that more than 200,000 people submitted comments to the United States Department of Agriculture, critiquing the substance and conclusions of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa. Groups, including NOC, Center for Food Safety, Organic Consumers Association, Food & Water Watch, CREDO Action, Food Democracy Now (and the Montana Organic Association), mobilized their communities to help generate the unprecedented number of comments. Read more here.

Use of Legume Inoculants in Organic Production
Based on the current formulations and on information provided to MDA by EMD Crop Bioscience Inc., we have determined that Nitragin® Gold and NitraStik™-C inoculants continue to be acceptable for use in organic production.  Please understand that it is the responsibility of each producer to specify all products (including inoculants) used in organic crop production in their Organic System Plan; to maintain documentation (including labels, invoices, GMO and irradiation disclosures, and MSDS sheets) for all products; and to make such documentation available for review at your annual inspection.  If you have any questions about the use of inoculants, please contact Doug Crabtree at 406-444-9421 or dcrabtree@mt.gov
Posted 2/9/10.

Montana NRCS is opening the signup period for agricultural producers to participate in a Seasonal High Tunnel pilot program.
The sign up begins January 25, 2010. The purpose of the pilot program is to determine the effectiveness of seasonal high tunnels, also known as hoop houses, in reducing pesticide use, keeping vital nutrients in the soil, extending the growing season, increasing yields, and providing other benefits to growers. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide financial assistance for the project through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the EQIP Organic Initiative. To sign up and learn more about the project contact your local NRCS office. Note: In Montana, non-organic cut-off is February 5, 2010. If you apply via EQIP organic initiative, the cut-off date is March 12, 2010. For more information, visit here.
Posted January 30, 2010.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a first-time case about the risks of genetically engineered crops. Named Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475, the case before the high court will be yet another step in an ongoing battle waged by the Center for Food Safety to protect consumers and the environment from potentially harmful effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Read more here. Center for Food Safety, January 15, 2010

Belgrade dairy achieving notoriety, awards for artisan cheeses, Billings Gazette, December 29, 2009.

Photo of Jacob CowgillMontana Senator Jon Tester announced that he has hired MOA member Jacob Cowgill to serve as his new state agriculture liaison. Cowgill will be Tester’s “eyes and ears” on agricultural issues.  He will serve as a point of contact for Montana farmers and ranchers, often traveling the state to visit with and hear from them on Tester’s behalf. Cowgill is originally from Sand Coulee, southeast of Great Falls.  He is a graduate of the University of Montana, where he earned a Master’s Degree in science with a focus on food and agriculture. Jacob and his wife Courtney raise wheat, lentils, vegetables and heritage turkeys on a farm near Conrad. Posted October 20, 2009.

The Business of Organic Farming (Watch and Learn) by: Makenna Goodman, Chelsea Green Publishing. Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder. Farmer Richard Wiswall is here to tell the world it’s possible to start an organic farm, enjoy it, and make a profit. Watch either the 4 minute summary or full 30 minute documentary. Posted September 24, 2009.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Miles McEvoy has been hired to serve as Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program (NOP). Five new NOSB members have also been appointed. See Barry Flamm's NOSB update, September 25, 2009.

Judge White's Decision: USDA-APHIS Violated National Environmental Policy Act in deregulation of RR sugarbeets. Posted September 24, 2009.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farmer's Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program is now available online. Posted September 24, 2009.

USDA Launches Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, an initiative to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity. Posted September 24, 2009.

Mother Nature Network profiled a few MOA members in their "40 Farmers Under 40" article series. Charles Holt of Holt Heritage Farm and Supply in Kingston, GA (#1) was showcased on September 24, 2009 and Jacob and Courtney Lowrey of Prairie Heritage Farm in Conrad, MT (#18 and 19) were profiled on July 21, 2009. By Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Frequently Asked Questions page has been added to the Organic Farming Research Foundations website. Posted September 16, 2009.

$1.4 Million Made Available for Montana Farmers and Ranchers for Organic Production.
Although it was a very fast sign-up period, 56 organic and transitioning organic farmers and ranchers signed-up for the special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Posted August 7, 2009.

Photo of buffet tableBackground and Resources on Federal Food Safety Enhancement Act.
H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act (FSEA) of 2009 has caused significant controversy among almost all elements of the agricultural community. The FSEA has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is awaiting full House debate and vote in the very near future. From ATTRA website, July 27, 2009. UPDATE: July 30, 2009: The US House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act, H.R. 2749.. This was the second attempt to pass the bill. Representative Dingell's willingness to address the concerns of organic and small producers (raised by Representative Farr and Blumenauer), was one of the factors that eased passage the second time around. It's now up to the Senate to move similar legislation.

Specialty Crop Grants Available. The Montana Department of Ag is seeking proposals from individuals and groups for a share of $248,695 in federally funded Specialty Crop competitiveness grants. August 26 deadline. Posted July 21, 2009.

MOA members Jacob and Courtney Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farm in Conrad are featured in 40 Farmers Under 40, an article from Mother Nature Network, July 21, 2009.

New broadcast spreading system keeps Lund busy, by Terri Adams, The Prairie Star, May 8, 2009. Nice springtime article about MOA members, Mikel and Nancy Lund.

$1.4 available for Montana farmers and ranchers converting to organic, MOA press release, May 8, 2009.
image - Food Inc. movie poster
Food Inc., the movie, trailers and information, Hungry for Change, posted May 8, 2009.

Crop rotation planning manual from NRAES, posted May 5, 2009.

Job openings with USDA, posted April 27, 2009.

photo cover of USDA survey brochure
First widescale USDA survey to be conducted, USDA, posted April 25, 2009.


Obama Foodorama, A Daily Diary of the Obama Foodscape, One Bipartisan Bite at a Time
, posted April 20, 2009.


Organic Consumers Association's Current News and Action page for Montana,
Posted March 23, 2009.


vegetables with organic label photoCongressional Hearing Ignores NAIS Failure to Address Animal Disease and Food Safety Concerns, OCA, March 12, 2009.


It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer? New York Times, March 4, 2009.



Kathleen Merrigan USDA Photo
Kathleen Merrigan, Developer of Organic Regs, Chosen as USDA No. 2, New West, February 24, 2009.


OMRI disallows two fertilizers; NOP issues warning, OMRI press release
, February 20, 2009.



Keep hope for an organic future alive by participating in OCA's new USDA Watch Campaign,
Organic Consumers Assoiation, February 18, 2009.


Scientists agree that organic farming delivers healthier, richer soil and nutritionally enhanced food. February 13, 2009. Conclusions from panelists participating in a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Garden of Eatin' - Growing Food on the White House Lawn,
OCA YouTube video, January 23, 2009.


Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, wrote a letter to Barack Obama viaThe New York Times Magazine, originally published October 12, 2008.


Food garden blooms on skid row wall
, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2008.


Kamut founder recognized for service in organic agriculture at annual convention, The Prairie Star, May 8, 2008.

Read
Jeff Schahczenski's (MOA Board Member) analysis of the Montana Governor's Climate Change Adviory Committee recommendations on the role that Montana agriculture could play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.




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