Category: Policy

USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program
March 22, 2018April 2, 2018
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USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program

Last year, the USDA decided to scrap the Obama-era rule overseeing animal welfare regulations in the organic program.  In order to be certified under the organic seal, meat and poultry must meet a set of feeding, housing, and treatment standards.  Some media reports claim that large-scale organic operations are lax on these standards and animals...

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2018 Meeting Materials Published
March 9, 2018March 9, 2018
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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2018 Meeting Materials Published

From the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Tuscon, AZ, April 25-27, 2018. Documents are posted on the Spring 2018 NOSB meeting webpage. Posted materials include a tentative Meeting Agenda and Proposals...

Action Alert: Save our farms, our food, our future
March 8, 2018March 8, 2018
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Action Alert: Save our farms, our food, our future

This year the Farm Bill is up for renewal and the time for a new organic and regenerative alternative is now.  Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently gathered policy and financial experts, environmentalists, advocates, and others to discuss the challenges of the Farm Bill and introduce his version, the Food and Farm Act.  The Food and Farm...

Does your farm operation comply with FSMA?
January 31, 2018January 31, 2018
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Does your farm operation comply with FSMA?

The NJDA and Rutgers University food safety specialists are partnering to offer on-farm confidential readiness reviews to farmers throughout the state.  The On-Farm Food Safety Team will work with growers to review their operation and suggest modifications to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule launching in 2019. Part of the education process...

Somerset County Preservation Planning Meeting
January 25, 2018January 25, 2018
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Somerset County Preservation Planning Meeting

This Tuesday January 30th, the Somerset County Planning Board, Park Commission, and Cultural & Heritage Commission are reexamining their preservation plans and want to hear from you! The meeting will be held in the Somerset County Freeholder Board’s Meeting Room on the third floor of the County Administrative Building. Residents, nonprofit organizations, local planners, landowners,...

New Proposed Beekeeping Regulations
January 11, 2018January 18, 2018
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New Proposed Beekeeping Regulations

A story published on www.northjersey.com calls for action against newly proposed beekeeping regulations.  Hobby beekeepers say the regulations would discourage beginning beekeepers. The proposed regulations restrict hives in residential lots less than one-quarter acre where agriculture is not permitted. Residential lots of one-quarter to five acres would be allowed two hives. Hives that have been...

Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?
December 19, 2017December 19, 2017
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Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?

Agricultural justice ensures the health and safety of farm workers and their families.  As farm workers are typically immigrants, it is harder for them to speak up against injustice for fear of deportation. Sustainable agriculture must ensure standards of living for both humans and animals.  One easy way consumers can support businesses that adhere to...

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING
December 12, 2017December 13, 2017
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CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING Here is a link to a wonderful summary of true sustainability in agriculture, from friends in Bangladesh.  Ubing.org Post   – This is a must read! “To realize the principle of biodiversity-based ecological farming, Nayakrishi farmers follow ten simple rules following the ten fingers of two hands. Fingers...

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