NEWS & COMMENTARY ARCHIVE

Industry News

USDA NOP Issues Temporary Variance

Counties in Colorado declared as primary or contiguous drought disaster areas by Secretary Perdue in calendar year 2018.

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USDA Names Jennifer Tucker Deputy Administrator for the National Organic Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tucker as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), part of the Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area.

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Action Alert

Protect Organic Agriculture in the Farm Bill!

More than 140 organizations sent a letter to Chairman Pat Roberts, ranking member Debbie Stabenow and the Senate Agriculture Committee in support of organic agriculture. The groups call on the lawmakers to oppose changes in the farm bill that would undermine the National Organic Standards Board.

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Industry News

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016.

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Industry News

USDA Publishes 2018 Sunset Review Notice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the renewal of 17 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to conclude the 2018 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is May 29, 2023.

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

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Industry News

USDA Appoints New Members to the National Organic Standards Board

USDA announced the appointment of two new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Action Alert

Proposed Farm Bill Weakens Organic Standards - Your Help is Needed!

The current Senate version of the Farm Bill weakens organic standards by undermining the authority of the National Organic Standards Board. Please contact your Senate Ag Committee Members to make your voices heard.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on: NOSB Sunset Materials.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Eliminating the Incentive to Convert Native Ecosystems to Organic Production."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Inspector Qualifications and Training."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB discussion "Protecting the Genetic Integrity of Seed Grown on Organic Land."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Clarifying “emergency” for use of synthetic parasiticides in organic livestock production."

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MOSA News

MOSA Certified Organic Announces New Board Members

MOSA Certified Organic announces the election of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining current members Luke Zahm, Mary Benson, and Keith Ashley-Wright are Lizzie Hayward, Altfrid Krusenbaum, Beth Unger, and Carla Wright.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comment to the NOP on National List Changes

MOSA Commentary to the NOP regarding National List Changes

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Industry News

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

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.

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Industry News

Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

USDA has announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017.

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Action Alert

Organic Certification Cost-Share at Risk

The organic certification cost-share program helps organic farms stay in business and is especially important for small and mid-size farms. Call your Senators and Your Representative TODAY to urge support for organic certification cost-share!

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Industry News

Regeneration International Midwest Alliance

Regeneration International and our partner organizations hosted a meeting at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to gauge interest in forming a 12-state Regeneration Midwest Alliance in the heart of America’s “breadbasket.”

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MOSA News

MOSA Commentary to the USDA Regarding Withdrawal of the OLPP Proposed Rule

MOSA is strongly opposed to the withdrawal of the proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. Withdrawal would be a great disservice to the organic community - a community soundly rooted in process and committed to the advancement of the USDA organic seal.

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Industry News

National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)

This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of USDA’s organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting

AMS-USDA is announcing the spring 2018 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The in-person meeting will take place at the Tucson University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona from April 25-April 27.

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Action Alert

USDA Declares Intention to Withdraw Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

USDA published notice in the Federal Register this week that it intends to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The notice opens a public comment period that is open through Jan. 17, 2018.

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MOSA News

OLPP Final Rule has been Delayed

​The USDA AMS has announced the delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule until May 14, 2018.

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Discussion ​"​Field​ ​and​ ​Greenhouse​ ​Container Production".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Hydroponics​ ​and​ ​Container-Growing Recommendations".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Compliance,​ ​Accreditation​ ​and​ ​Certification​ ​Subcommittee​ ​Proposal:​ ​Excluded Operations​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Supply​ ​Chain".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Eliminating​ ​the​ ​Incentive​ ​to​ ​Convert​ ​Native​ ​Ecosystems​ ​to​ ​Organic​ ​Production".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal​ ​"Clarifying​ ​'emergency' ​for​ ​use​ ​of synthetic​ ​parasiticides​ ​in​ ​organic​ ​livestock​ ​production".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Strengthening Seed Guidance".

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MOSA News

MOSA has Updated our Imported Grain Policy

Notice Regarding Requirements for Approval of Grain Shipments Imported from Eastern Europe and non-EU member states. MOSA has updated our official policy as of September 27, 2017.

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Industry News

NOSB Fall Meeting Materials and Agenda

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall meeting, to be held in Jacksonville, FL, October 31-November 2, 2017.

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Industry News

MOSES Releases New Recordkeeping Workbook

Building Bridges between Crop Insurance and Organic System Reporting is a new resource from MOSES that can help you track field information and more to make certification and crop insurance claims easier to manage.

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Industry News

OTA Exhibitor Co-pay Available for Biofach 2018

The Organic Trade Association will once again host a pavilion at the Biofach Organic Trade Show in Nuremberg, Germany scheduled for Feb 14-17, 2018. If you promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume, you may qualify for an exhibitor copay of $600.

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Industry News

Certified Organic Handler Survey

​A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, led by Haley Baron and sponsored by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces Deadline for 2017 New Crop Applicants

Due to the requirement to inspect crops during the growing season, and a typical 90 day process for certification, all new crop applications for 2017 must be received on or before August 15. After this date, all accepted crop applications will be assessed an expedited service fee.

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MOSA News

2017 Sunset Review Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published the Sunset 2017 final rule.

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MOSA News

MOSA Certified Organic Announces New Imported Grain Policy

​MOSA has Updated our Policy and the Requirements for Approval of Grain Shipments Imported from Eastern Europe and non-EU Member States

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comment on the OLPP 2nd Proposed Rule

MOSA's commentary on the delay and possible revision of the OLPP rule.

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MOSA News

Call for Nominations to Serve on NOSB

USDA seeks nominations to fill one vacancy for an individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation to serve on the NOSB from January 2018 to January 2023.

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MOSA News

Training Webinar for Organic Handlers:

On June 14, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is holding a one-hour training webinar for organic handlers. The topic is Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain.

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Industry News

Rodale's Veteran Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

Rodale Institute's Veteran Farmer Training Program provides 100% hands-on, personalized training in areas such as animal husbandry, vegetable production, research, and more!

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Action Alert

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices: Second Proposed Rule and Notice of Delay in Effective Date

Two Notices about the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule appear in the Federal Register today. Public comments open until June 9. The effective date for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule is delayed until November 14, 2017.

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Industry News

New Dane County Pilot Program to Incentivize Organic Certification

In an effort to promote economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and the public health and safety of Dane County, WI residents, Dane County is piloting an Organic Conversion Incentive Program.

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Industry News

2017 CTIC-SARE-ASTA Cover Crop Survey

Thank you for choosing to share your perspective on cover crops. Whether you plant them now, used to plant them, or never tried... your insight is important to us.

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Industry News

USDA NIFA Announces Release of FY17 Food Safety Outreach Program RFA

USDA-NIFA is pleased to release the FY 2017 Food Safety Outreach Program Request for Applications (RFA). This program provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers, processors, and wholesalers affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Action Alert

Contact Your Members of Congress about Organic Animal Welfare Standards

On January 18, 2017, the USDA finalized long-awaited animal welfare standards​ for animals raised under the organic label. But now the House and Senate Appropriations Committees may block the new rule. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees need to hear from us.

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Industry News

​Farm Production Recordkeeping Workbook Now Available from MOSES

MOSES has created a workbook with record­keeping forms that can be used both for crop insurance and organic certification—a valuable way to optimize your recordkeeping time when you are participating in both of these programs

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

Supporting Document for MOSA Commentary on Sunset Materials

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on NOSB Sunset Materials

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal Strengthening the Organic Seed Guidance (NOP 5029)

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal for Personnel Evaluations for Inspectors

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Discussion Document Eliminating the Incentive to Convert Native Ecosystems to Organic Production

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Discussion Document Clarifying “emergency” for use of synthetic parasiticides in organic livestock production

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA comment on Discussion Document Aeroponic Hydroponic Aquaponic

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal- Ancillary Substances Permitted in Cellulose

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Industry News

Nomination period open for WI Organic Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

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Industry News

Organic Foods Found in Over 80 percent of U.S. Households

State data shows organic in the kitchens of over 80 percent of U.S. households. OTA releases state-by-state data showing more households – urban and rural -- choosing organic.

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MOSA News

USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.

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MOSA News

USDA extends comment period for organic check-off proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has extended the comment period for the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order proposed rule from March 20 until April 19.

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MOSA News

2019 SUNSET SURVEYS

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. Your feedback is needed.

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MOSA News

USDA Comment Periods Extended

​The USDA AMS is extending the comment period for the Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19, 2017 and the comment period for the draft guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products by 60 days to April 7, 2017.

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MOSA News

USDA AMS Delays Final Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

​The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule by 60 days to May 19, 2017.

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Industry News

New Organic Meat Processing Plant to Open

Eric and Lisa Klein of Hidden Stream Farm plan to open a new USDA-inspected, certified organic meat processing plant in southeastern Minnesota later this year.

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Industry News

USDA Organic Survey

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data on certified organic crops and livestock in the U.S.

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MOSA News

New NOSB Members Announced

USDA Appoints Five New Members to the NOSB

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MOSA News

Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new research and promotion program.

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MOSA News

FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations

FSMA Update- FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule

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MOSA News

USDA Announces 2017 Sunset Review Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will publish in the Federal Register tomorrow a proposed rule to implement the 2017 sunset review recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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MOSA News

USDA AMS Announces the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule.

Developed in close consultation with other Federal agencies, the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency.

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MOSA News

NOP Notice of Draft Guidance (NOP 5037)​

The NOP published a notice of draft guidance for "Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products (NOP 5037)"in the Federal Register. Comments are due February 6th.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces New Renewal Application Deadlines for 2017

MOSA has changed our renewal application deadline for 2017. Current clients will need to submit their renewal materials by April 1, 2017.

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Industry News

Organic Valley Partners with Dean Foods

Organic Valley is partnering with Dean Foods to grow their fresh (HTST) milk business.

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Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride Acquires Gold 'n' Plump

Pilgrim’s Pride announced it would spend $350 million to buy GNP Company, which is heavily focused on processing organic chicken.

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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Materials Review

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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Treated Lumber

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Seed Guidance and GMO Incursion

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Excluded Methods Terminiology

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Bioponics

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Personnel Performance Evaluations

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Soy Wax

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Container and Greenhouse Production

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