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  • Ohio Organics Could Grow With EU Agreement | OEFFA News
    agreement countries in Europe could opt out of the EU standard and force companies like Lavens to get separate permits from each nation to export organic products It allows us opportunities to sell into the European markets whereas before if I wanted to I had to get special certifications which becomes very expensive for small businesses says Lavens The streamlined process also means that organic farmers like Gary Mennell of Medina County in northeast Ohio can potentially sell more of their crops to Europe Mennell and his brother have been farming organically for 30 years They work about 200 acres growing spelt and soft red winter wheat corn alfalfa and soybeans The more streamlined that becomes the easier it is for us to move grain across international lines says Mennell Mennell says he sells organic tofu soybeans to Japan that can make up to 60 of his income Japan has its own certification process that Mennell says is stricter than Europe s But prices will be the deciding factor to where Mennell sells his crops If the EU market is good this year and Japan s not I ll sell to EU if Japan s higher and wants our grain and EU doesn t have the prices I can get from Japan it goes to Japan I m going to be certified to go anywhere in the world I can says Mennell Carol Goland the executive director of Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association or OEFFA says a national organic certification program has only been in place for 10 years It s a great opportunity for organic farmers to broaden their horizons and go overseas and it provides a great opportunity for people to get into farming and organic farming I mean right now quite honestly demand is outstripping supply

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  • Is it Organic or Not? It’s All in the Label | OEFFA News
    farmers and processors have to go through a very involved process on an annual basis to use the label and it is highly verified Certified organic is really kind of a prestigious label By and large unless it says certified organic it is not organic and consumers can t have that assurance Goland says certified organic food is grown in healthy soil and there is increasing evidence that it is nutritionally superior Because of the emphasis on environmental protections consumers also know when they purchase certified organic they are safeguarding environmental health she adds Adam Welly runs Wayward Seed Farm Marysville He says he has been using organic practices since the beginning and felt it was an important step to become verified Naturally grown is a term that s just being used so loosely We ended up certifying organic because we felt it was our strongest step toward creating complete transparency with our customers By becoming certified organic Welly says he has learned more about weed control and pest management And he says consumers should know that a lot of work goes into organic growing Just because it s becoming more mainstream to have certified organic vegetables we shouldn t take for granted the fact that there is a lot of due diligence In fact in this climate that we have here in Ohio there are a lot of challenges Ohio has more than 500 certified organic operations and nearly 53 000 acres of certified organic pasture and cropland Post navigation New livestock rules don t address all the issues Attention grows for Kent farm Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014

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  • More Ohio Farmers Seek “Organic” Label | OEFFA News
    you re doing something that s beneficial to the environment and to people Stoia Pierce says there has been a steady interest in organic farming in Ohio especially from small operations To become organically certified farmers must follow strict production standards and submit a detailed application to an accredited certification organization Stoia Pierce says since the certification process is a bit daunting and can be time consuming they offer workshops organic certification guides and a staff organic educator to help answer questions You want to do research ahead of time and you want to have all these tools available but at the same time you almost just have to dive in and have an agency that will support what you are trying to do There s more information on the resources of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association available online at www oeffa org Mary Kuhlman Public News Service OH This article appeared in the Public News Service http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 13348 1 Post navigation Diverse Farm Tour Crosses the State Farmers markets take root across U S Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August

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  • certification | OEFFA News
    more information go to www oeffa org More Ohio Farmers Seek Organic Label September 24 2010 OEFFA in the News Organic Certification certification organic farming Lauren April 12 2010 COLUMBUS Ohio More and more organic products are appearing on grocers shelves leaving many Ohio farmers to wonder how they can go green Organic growers produce food without manufactured chemicals and use practices that emphasize renewable resources and protect the soil air and water Lexie Stoia Pierce is the organic certification program manager at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association She says that despite hard economic times there is solid consumer demand for organic products which makes organic certification a smart move for many Ohio producers The market is there and it s a great opportunity to take advantage of that while you re doing something that s beneficial to the environment and to people Stoia Pierce says there has been a steady interest in organic farming in Ohio especially from small operations To become organically certified farmers must follow strict production standards and submit a detailed application to an accredited certification organization Stoia Pierce says since the certification process is a bit daunting and can be time consuming they offer workshops organic certification guides and a staff organic educator to help answer questions You want to do research ahead of time and you want to have all these tools available but at the same time you almost just have to dive in and have an agency that will support what you are trying to do There s more information on the resources of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association available online at www oeffa org Mary Kuhlman Public News Service OH This article appeared in the Public News Service http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 13348 1 What does it mean to be organic August 9 2010 OEFFA in the News Organic Certification certification Organic Certification Lauren By Marshall McPeak NBC Channel 4 May 13 2010 Sunbury OH Mike Anderson grew up in the suburbs He hadn t really intended to be a farmer But in college he spent some quality time on a research farm Now he s a full time agriculturalist with five acres near Sunbury Sundog Special Crops harvests blackberries strawberries lettuce tomatoes peas beans and even sunflowers And all his products carry a very special label Certified Organic Each year for the past 10 or 12 years we ve seen 15 to 20 percent growth in the demand for organic produce And this is a market that is not being met Mike says There are fewer than 500 organic farms in Ohio but Mike says the numbers are increasing every year It isn t easy though Each farm has to meet and maintain strict standards before its products earn the USDA s organic label The standards were created between 1990 and 2002 as an extension of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 Under those guidelines organic foods must be produced and

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  • organic farming | OEFFA News
    s a great opportunity to take advantage of that while you re doing something that s beneficial to the environment and to people Stoia Pierce says there has been a steady interest in organic farming in Ohio especially from small operations To become organically certified farmers must follow strict production standards and submit a detailed application to an accredited certification organization Stoia Pierce says since the certification process is a bit daunting and can be time consuming they offer workshops organic certification guides and a staff organic educator to help answer questions You want to do research ahead of time and you want to have all these tools available but at the same time you almost just have to dive in and have an agency that will support what you are trying to do There s more information on the resources of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association available online at www oeffa org Mary Kuhlman Public News Service OH This article appeared in the Public News Service http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 13348 1 Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

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  • What does it mean to be “organic”? | OEFFA News
    compliance with an organic plan agreed to by the producer and handler of such product and the certifying agent Organic farmers must abide by the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances as they grow their crops We can use legumes and clovers to provide nutrients because those are natural forms of fertilizer Mike says We can use lime which is mined from the ground or other kinds of mined minerals or rock powders to provide nutrients He can use a derivative from chrysanthemums as a natural plant based insecticide But weed control is still one of the most difficult problems There just aren t natural herbicides available Mike laments So organic farmers rely on cultivation and crop rotations to control weeds In his greenhouse Mike uses a ground fish emulsion to add nitrogen to seedlings soil packs It really smells And he s found a natural fertilizer made from a mixture of ground soy beans and molasses Every organic farm is monitored and certified by a qualified agent In Ohio one of the largest certifying agencies is the Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association But independent third party inspectors also make regular visits Mike says an inspector can rip the certification from an organic farm for something as seemingly minor as an oil drip from a tractor Once the soil is contaminated with anything synthetic it takes three years before the farm can be re certified The inspectors expect to see the farmers very detailed logs of all their activities and purchases Many times organic foods are more expensive than their non organic counterparts Mike says there are many reasons for the difference not the least of which is basic supply and demand economics There s a lot more demand for this kind of produce than there is supply at

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=29 (2016-02-17)
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  • Organic Certification | OEFFA News
    USDA factsheet on the new rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082660 acct noprulemaking To read the USDA s press release go to http www usda gov wps portal contentidonly true contentid 2010 02 0059 xml The Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system OEFFA has operated a Certification Program since 1981 In 2002 when the USDA National Organic Program NOP was created OEFFA was among the first group of certifiers to be accredited by the USDA to certify under the new national standards Today OEFFA certifies a diverse group of over 650 operations throughout the Midwest including mixed vegetable and grain farms family dairies food processors and everything in between For more information go to www oeffa org What does it mean to be organic August 9 2010 OEFFA in the News Organic Certification certification Organic Certification Lauren By Marshall McPeak NBC Channel 4 May 13 2010 Sunbury OH Mike Anderson grew up in the suburbs He hadn t really intended to be a farmer But in college he spent some quality time on a research farm Now he s a full time agriculturalist with five acres near Sunbury Sundog Special Crops harvests blackberries strawberries lettuce tomatoes peas beans and even sunflowers And all his products carry a very special label Certified Organic Each year for the past 10 or 12 years we ve seen 15 to 20 percent growth in the demand for organic produce And this is a market that is not being met Mike says There are fewer than 500 organic farms in Ohio but Mike says the numbers are increasing every year It isn t easy though Each farm has to meet and maintain strict standards before its products earn the USDA s organic label The standards were created between 1990 and 2002 as an extension of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 Under those guidelines organic foods must be produced and handed without the use of synthetic chemicals not be produced on land to which any prohibited substances including synthetic chemicals have been applied during the 3 years immediately preceding the harvest of the agricultural products And must be produced and handled in compliance with an organic plan agreed to by the producer and handler of such product and the certifying agent Organic farmers must abide by the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances as they grow their crops We can use legumes and clovers to provide nutrients because those are natural forms of fertilizer Mike says We can use lime which is mined from the ground or other kinds of mined minerals or rock powders to provide nutrients He can use a derivative from chrysanthemums as a natural plant based insecticide But weed control is still one of the most difficult problems There just aren

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  • OEFFA News
    temperatures for growing And he admits there have been some changes in weather patterns impacting agriculture in Ohio The season went from very cold to warm in a short amount of time and then a lot of rain he points out Can I say that that s climate change Maybe in the long term but not in the short term It s like a chronic illness you don t realize you have it until it s too late Dragovich says his farm uses earth friendly practices that reduce carbon emissions He s cut back on the use of diesel fuels by powering his farm mostly with horses and also manages cover crops which reduce the amount of tractor time needed in the fields The National Climate Assessment found that the resiliency of the agriculture system can be increased through sustainable methods such as diversifying crop rotations integrating livestock with crop production systems and minimizing off farm flows of nutrients and pesticides Dragovich says he s hopeful the next farming generation embraces sustainable methods and considers the impact agricultural practices have on the environment I see a lot of young people taking up the organic mantra and trying to save this planet he says So hopefully these young people will be a little more respective of Mother Earth and hopefully will be better at it than my generation Recent research found organic farming methods that encourage soil health create higher yielding crops better able to cope with weather related stressors compared to conventional farming Post navigation Ohio cattle ranchers rebuilding herds Cost Share Assistance Available for Growers and Handlers of Organic Agricultural Products Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February

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