• OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Organic Certification: Creating a Sustainable Future

    Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service – OH, 11/12/18 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The end of the harvest signals the start of prep work for the next planting season. And an increasing number of farmers and producers in Ohio also are preparing for a transition to organic certification. Kim Bayer operates a mixed vegetable operation, and recently became certified as an organic producer. She says the process is a bit tedious, but well worth it. Bayer was already doing some outreach to community members about what it takes to bring food to the table, and she sees becoming organic as part of creating a sustainable future. “It’s kind of a shorthand way…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  OEFFA Press Releases,  Organic Certification

    Reimbursement for Certification Makes Organic an Even Better Deal for Farmers and Processors

    For Immediate Release: June 20, 2018 Contact: Carol Goland, OEFFA, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 202, cgoland@oeffa.org ODA Communications, (614) 752-9817, agrcommunications@agri.ohio.gov Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) announced that $285,000 is available through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers in Ohio. This funding covers as much as 75 percent of an individual applicant’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually per certification scope. Four scopes of certification are eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handler. Retail sales of organic products grew to nearly $50 billion in the United States in 2017, an increase…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Business of Ohio’s organic farms is growing

    The Columbus Dispatch, JD Malone, 11/2/17 Ohio’s big corn and soybean farmers haven’t seen much in the way of sales growth the past few years, but that can’t be said for some of the state’s smaller players — those who produce organic produce, grains and dairy products. Ohio’s organic farmers reported sales of $101 million in 2016, a 30 percent jump from 2015, while both the number of organic farms and acreage grew year over year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Certified Organic Study. Ohio ranks seventh nationally in number of organic farms — 575. That’s up from eighth in 2015. “The 2016 survey illustrates the strength…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    OH Farmers Apply “You Are What You Eat” to What They Farm

    Public News Service, 11/1/17 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harvest season is winding down in Ohio, and sustainable-farming advocates say it’s a great time for growers and producers to learn more about what it takes to go organic. In some cases it’s a matter of making the personal professional. Renee and Alan Winner, dairy farmers in central Ohio, have been selling into the conventional milk market for years, but now are transitioning the four dairies they and their children operate. Renee Winner said switching to organic was important for them because their farming practices didn’t mesh with their personal lifestyle. “For the last 30 years, we have eaten organic,” she said. “To…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Government survey ranks Ohio No. 7

    Tribune Chronicle, Virginia Shank, 10/22/17 It’s no surprise to Jonathan Woodford that a new government survey ranks Ohio at No. 7 in the nation when it comes to its number of organic farms. Woodford, who operates SugarWood Acres — the West Farmington farm his great-grandparents established that his family still owns — has seen evidence that interest in “growing organic” is increasing. “Just in the past year to year-and-a-half, a lot of people seem to be transitioning to organic from conventional,” Woodford said. “I think a lot of it depends on the type of farming they’re doing, or amount of crops they’re growing and what they’re familiar with.” Ohio is seeing double-digit growth in…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Ohio ranks high for number of organic farms

    Akron Beacon Journal, 10/18/17 COLUMBUS: Ohio ranks seventh in the nation when it comes to the number of organic farms, according to a new survey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2016 Certified Organic Survey shows Ohio’s organic sales increased by more than 30 percent since 2015 and the number of certified organic farms in Ohio is up by 24 percent. The Buckeye State also moved from eighth to seventh in the country for the number of organic farms. “The 2016 survey illustrates the strength of organic production and sales in the state of Ohio,” Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association policy coordinator Amalie Lipstreu said in a prepared statement. “Organic…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Highland County home to Old Dutch Hops

    Times Gazette, Michael Williamson, 8/1/2017 On a back road in Highland County, behind the Old Dutch Cemetery — a graveyard that dates back to the American Revolution — sits the Wilson family farm. The 250-acre plot of land, which has been in the family for more than 75 years, is home to two generations of farmers. The elder, John Michael “Mike” Wilson, oversees the traditional farming practices such as harvesting corn and hay, carrying on the tradition of his parents who purchased the farm in the years preceding World War II. However, Wilson’s daughter, Amanda, and her husband, Brady Kirwan, occupy a 2-acre stretch of that land where they hope…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Ag breakfast speaker notes sustained growth of organic certification

    By Bill Ryan, Sentinel-Tribune, 9/17/16 Growing vegetables and crops organically continues to grow in demand each year. On Thursday, Eric Pawlowski, a sustainable agriculture educator with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association was the featured speaker at the monthly Ag Business Breakfast Forum. In addition to being an organic farmer himself, in his OEFFA role Pawlowski helps other growers enter into the organic growing circle and receive organic certification. “We are a nonprofit organization by farmers for farmers,” he said of the organization. Not all members of OEFFA are organically certified and of those who are, not all of them are 100 percent organic as many have some standard…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Clay Hill brings kale and more to farmers market

    The Sentinel Tribute, 8/16/16 Today’s Downtown Farmers Market vendor profile comes to us from Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill. Clay Hill is located just north of Tiffin and specializes in produce and flowers. This is the third year Clay Hill has appeared at the market. “We are a certified organic vegetable and cut flower farm. We specialize in greens, bring lots of kale to the market every week,” Buskirk said. “We are certified organic by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association. “We are a small family farm in its third year of production. We have gone through the organic certification process to show our commitment to providing the healthiest…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Correcting organic misinformation

    Rural Life Today, 5/4/16 By Carol Goland, Ph.D OEFFA Executive Director COLUMBUS — Don “Doc” Sanders’ question (In his April Rural Life Today column) —“So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming”— is the wrong one to ask. Instead: “What do consumers want?” and “What will benefit farmers?” are the relevant questions. Dr. Sanders brought up rbST; however, this issue has been decided in the court of consumer opinion. Consumers don’t want milk from cows injected with this drug. Arguing the merits of its benefits is beside the point. When grocery stores such as Kroger and juggernaut dairy processor Dean Foods state they don’t want to buy milk from farmers who…

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