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  • Organic Livestock and Poultry Health Series Provides Comprehensive and Convenient Education for Veterinarians and Other Livestock Professionals | OEFFA News
    offer clients certified organic or otherwise said Schuenemann The educational series will also demystify the organic standards and clarify the requirements for individual animals to obtain and maintain their organic status Understanding the certification process will benefit everyone the animal the farmer the service provider and the consumer said OEFFA Organic Certification Program Manager Julia Barton Demand for organic products continues to increase including organic meat poultry dairy and fiber Ohio ranks second for the number of dairy farmers that produce milk for Organic Valley for example Approximately 270 Ohio farms are certified organic livestock and poultry operations The series will cover the following topics Transition cow management emphasizing calving related disease prevention and on farm risk assessment Organic standards for livestock allowed inputs and the certification process Management of somatic cell counts and mastitis control Parasite management and control Pain management regulatory medicine and science based treatments Organic poultry flock health Nutrition related diseases On farm health audits to assess herd risk factors Defining monitoring and recordkeeping of health events Free events currently scheduled include CSI for Dairy On Farm Audits to Assess Risk Webinar Monday June 23 1 p m EDT Certified Organic Dairy Tour and Workshop Thursday June 26 1 p m EDT at Pleasantview Farm in Circleville OH Certified Organic Livestock Standards Webinar Thursday July 10 1 p m EDT Organic Livestock Inputs Webinar Wednesday October 1 1 p m EDT Veterinary Continuing Education CE credits will be granted on an hour for hour basis In addition veterinarians and other agriculture professionals that work with poultry and livestock can join a network to share ideas and find answers to questions Their work will be strengthened as this network bridges the gaps between educators certifiers farmers and veterinarians said Eric Pawlowski OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator This series

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1561 (2016-02-17)
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  • Solar Electric Workshop Scheduled for June: Farmers and Others Can Learn How to Design and Install Photovoltaic Systems | OEFFA News
    which is home to Ohio s first Earthship and a 6kW solar array During this training course participants will learn how to design and install photovoltaic systems through lectures and hands on labs They will learn with a working PV system dismantling and reinstalling it troubleshooting and testing its proper operation The class will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system As part of the class registrants can nominate a site to serve as a real world model one site will be selected and together the class will evaluate size and design a system for that site At the end of the week participants will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association ETA Many farmers and homesteaders are looking for a way to be energy independent and reduce their reliance on polluting fossil fuels With prices for PV systems falling and demand on the rise systems are becoming economical for nearly every home or farm said OEFFA program assistant Milo Petruziello Finding qualified personnel to install and maintain systems remains a challenge however We hope this course will give people the tools they need to harness the power of the sun The cost of the workshop is 930 for OEFFA members and 970 for non members The cost includes ETA fees an installation toolkit and a course workbook Lunch is provided on each class day Pre registration is required Space is limited Register at www oeffa org by Wednesday June 11 To register by mail send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees addresses phone numbers and emails to OEFFA Solar Workshop 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 For more information or to register by phone

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1550 (2016-02-17)
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  • Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio’s Organic and Sustainable Farms: 2014 Guide Now Available | OEFFA News
    and workshop series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team who is sponsoring additional tours In total the series features 21 farms four university research center tours six educational workshops a film screening and a benefit dinner OEFFA s tours and workshops are Saturday June 7 Pastured dairy farm and milking parlor open house Snowville Creamery Meigs Co Saturday June 14 Organic fruit and vegetable CSA farm tour Fulton Farms Miami Co Sunday June 15 Pasture raised livestock and value added processing farm tour Tea Hills Farm Ashland Co Monday June 16 Friday June 20 Five day solar electric workshop Ohio Lumbermens Building Franklin Co Sunday June 22 Sustainable urban homestead tour Harmonious Homestead Franklin Co Thursday June 26 Dairy herd health workshop Pleasantview Farm Pickaway Co Sunday June 29 Sustainable flower farm open house Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Franklin Co Sunday July 13 Specialty livestock farm tour Smaht Fahm Medina Co Monday July 21 Diversified specialty crop farm tour and commercial organic tomato production workshop Edible Earth Farm East Hickory PA Friday August 1 Organic no till grain farm tour Twin Parks Organic Farm Wayne Co Saturday August 10 Multi species grazing farm tour Fox Hollow Farm Knox Co Saturday August 16 Diversified produce livestock and farm market tour Sirna s Farm and Market Geauga Co Friday August 22 Rooftop gardening tour and OEFFA fundraiser The Crest Gastropub Franklin Co Sunday September 7 The Farmers Table A gathering in celebration of Ohio farms and flavors Jorgensen Farms Franklin Co Sunday September 14 Diversified century farm open house Carriage House Farm Hamilton Co Saturday September 20 Worker owned cooperative farm tour Our Harvest Cooperative Hamilton Co Sunday September 21 Steel in the field workshop Mile Creek Farm Montgomery Co Sunday September 28 Farming with horses

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1544 (2016-02-17)
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  • GMO OMG! Free Screenings of Film to Explore Risks of Genetically Modified Organisms and Role Consumers Can Play | OEFFA News
    pesticide resistance Promised higher yields labor savings and lower weed pressure GE seeds have been widely adopted by U S farmers Today more than 80 percent of the soybeans corn cotton sugar beets and canola grown in the U S are genetically engineered The new reality of the world is that giant chemical companies are feeding us and our children said GMO OMG film director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert In this documentary Seifert sets out on a journey across the globe to uncover the truth about GMOs Seifert explores how GMOs affect our children and the health of our planet and whether it s possible for consumers to make informed choices in the absence of labels identifying GMO foods Along the way he helps to reveal our current industrial food system and answer a question that is of growing concern to consumers everywhere What s really on our plate GMO OMG sheds light on the complexity of today s food production system said Perry Clutts the owner and operator of Pleasantview Farm a dairy farm that supplies Horizon Organic As an organic dairy producer I see the benefits of farming without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically engineered feed It s important that farmers like me are offering Ohio families an alternative The organic sector is growing and I believe it will keep on growing as consumers learn more about where their food is coming from Following the film there will be a question and answer session with the director and Horizon Organic s Kelly Shea Go to www gmofilm com to learn more about the documentary or to watch the trailer Seifert and Sara Loveday of Horizon Organic along with local farmers food advocates and business leaders are available for interviews with the media To schedule an

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1534 (2016-02-17)
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  • Former U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary to Keynote Ohio’s Largest Food and Farming Conference: Kathleen Merrigan to Discuss Federal Agricultural Policy and Programs | OEFFA News
    the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations In 2010 Time magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World She is currently a consultant and professional speaker at Merrigan Consulting It has been an honor to play a small part in history I hope that during my tenure I was able to help open USDA s doors a little wider inviting new and discouraged constituencies to participate in USDA programs Merrigan told the National Journal Her keynote address presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill is titled Dysfunctional DC Matters Ten Reasons to Stay Engaged in Federal Agricultural Policy and will take place on Sunday February 16 at 2 45 p m Between government shutdowns endless multi year Farm Bill negotiations and other political gridlock it can be hard for consumers and farmers to believe in the federal government anymore Merrigan will explore why federal agricultural policy still matters identify targets for policy reform and explain why producers and conscientious eaters can achieve real social change by getting involved On Sunday February 16 at 10 35 a m Merrigan will also lead a one hour workshop Show Me the Money Farming Federal Programs Using the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass Merrigan will explore what federal programs are available to farms nonprofits and businesses seeking assistance to build local and regional food systems The OEFFA conference will be held at Granville Middle and High schools 248 New Burg St in Granville For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2014 Our Sponsors Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Northstar Café Third and Hollywood UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market and Café Northridge Organic Farm Organic Valley Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Albert Lea Seed Company Around the World Gourmet Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Casa Nueva Earth Tools Eban s Bakehouse Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Green Field Farms Lucky Cat Bakery OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Raisin Rack Natural Food Market Stauf s Coffee Roasters Swainway Urban Farm Andelain Fields Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods Glass Rooster Cannery King Family Farm Law Office of David G Cox Metro Cuisine Two Caterers Contemporary Cuisine Whole Hog BBQ Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bluebird Farm CaJohns Fiery Foods Carriage House Farm Charlie s Apples at Windy Hill Farm Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Lucky s Market Marshy Meadows Farm Middlefield Original Cheese Nourse Farms Pâtisserie Lallier Schmidt Family Farms Stonyfield Farm Stutzman Farms Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio and Wayward Seed Farm About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a state wide grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1489 (2016-02-17)
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  • Bipartisan Deal Reached on Farm Bill: Includes Important Investments in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, But Much-Needed Reforms Missing | OEFFA News
    crop insurance premium subsidies and rejects a series of extreme proposals to eliminate market and contract protections for livestock and poultry farmers Although this bill is a mixed bag innovative programs that invest in beginning farmers organic agriculture local food systems and rural communities which have been stranded without funding for more than a year can now be revived said MacKenzie Bailey Policy Program Coordinator with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA We applaud Senator Sherrod Brown who served on the conference committee for his vital role in advocating for sustainable agriculture programs Unfortunately the bill jettisons long overdue payment limitation reforms included in both the House and Senate bills passed last year that target farm subsidy payments to working farmers It also drops a provision passed twice by the Senate that would have modestly reduced insurance subsidies to millionaires Additionally the bill cuts billions from conservation programs that help farmers address production challenges and protect natural resources and the environment The final bill also reduces benefits for a portion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP participants At a time of fiscal restraint growing income inequality and economic distress in rural communities it is appalling for the new Farm Bill to continue uncapped unlimited commodity and crop insurance subsidies for mega farms said Ferd Hoefner Policy Director with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition NSAC NSAC is an alliance of grassroots sustainable agriculture organizations including OEFFA that advocates for federal policy reform This Farm Bill falls short of achieving the changes needed to support a sustainable food and farm system and the secretive process used to achieve this agreement which reverses reforms backed in previous Senate and House versions of the bill is very disappointing Bailey added However given that our farming communities have been without a full Farm

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1479 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio’s Largest Food and Farming Conference to Feature Intensive Pre-Conference Workshop on Soil Health | OEFFA News
    nutrient recycling soil organic matter calculators and soil health tests The pre conference workshop will be held from 10 a m 4 p m at Cherry Valley Lodge 2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE Newark Ohio Pre registration is required and costs 60 for OEFFA members and 70 for non members For more information or to register go to www oeffa org conference2014 On Saturday and Sunday the OEFFA conference will be held at Granville Middle and High schools 248 New Burg St Granville Ohio Separate registration is required for all conference events For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2014 Our Sponsors Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Northstar Café Third and Hollywood UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market and Café Northridge Organic Farm Organic Valley Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Albert Lea Seed Company Around the World Gourmet Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Casa Nueva Earth Tools Eban s Bakehouse Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Green Field Farms Lucky Cat Bakery OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Raisin Rack Natural Food Market Stauf s Coffee Roasters Swainway Urban Farm Andelain Fields Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods Glass Rooster Cannery King Family Farm Law Office of David G Cox Metro Cuisine Two Caterers Contemporary Cuisine Whole Hog BBQ Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bluebird Farm Carriage House Farm Charlie s Apples at Windy Hill Farm Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Lucky s Market Marshy Meadows Farm Middlefield Original Cheese Nourse Farms Pâtisserie Lallier Schmidt Family Farms Stonyfield Farm Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio and Wayward Seed Farm Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions featured presenters

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1466 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference to Feature Farmers Forum: Farmers Will Share NCR-SARE Research Results | OEFFA News
    not had the research or educational support necessary from our university system While the playing field is certainly not even SARE has been critical in developing practical research and educating farmers and farm professionals about sustainable practices said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt Another valuable part of SARE s work has been its funding to farmers to conduct on farm research Farmers can learn so much when research is carried out in working farm conditions as compared with research test plots Hunt continued In addition to the Farmers Forum the state s largest sustainable agriculture conference will feature keynote speakers Atina Diffley and Kathleen Merrigan more than 100 educational workshops two in depth pre conference workshops on Friday February 14 a trade show activities for children and teens locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment The annual event draws more than 1 200 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest To register for the conference or for more information go to www oeffa org conference2014 Our Sponsors Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Northstar Café Third and Hollywood UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market and Café Northridge Organic Farm Organic Valley Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Albert Lea Seed Company Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Casa Nueva Earth Tools Eban Bakery Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Green Field Farms Lucky Cat Bakery OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Raisin Rack Natural Food Market Stauf s Coffee Roasters Swainway Urban Farm Andelain Fields Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods Glass Rooster Cannery King Family Farm Law Office of David G Cox Metro Cuisine Two Caterers Whole Hog BBQ Around the World Gourmet Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bird s Haven Farms Bluebird Farm Carriage House Farm Charlie s Apples at Windy Hill Farm Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Marshy Meadows Farm Middlefield Original Cheese Nourse Farms Pâtisserie Lallier Schmidt Family Farms Stonyfield Farm Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio and Wayward Seed Farm About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a state wide grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org About NCR SARE The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education NCR SARE program is one of four regional SARE offices a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture Project abstracts can be found by searching the SARE project database Learn more at www northcentralsare org Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions featured presenters and workshops pre conference descriptions workshop listings hotel options and a schedule go to www oeffa org conference2014 For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org Past conferences have sold out in advance so early registration

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