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USDA Census of Agriculture – Organic Survey

The 2014 Organic Survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification in the Unites States (those grossing less than $5,000 annually from organic sales), and those producers transitioning to organic production. This study serves as a census of all organic operations, as directed under the FY2014 Farm [...] Take Action >>

Read CFSA’s Comments on FDA’s New FSMA Rules

CFSA Supplemental Produce Rule Comments (.pdf) CFSA Supplemental Preventive Controls Rule Comments (.pdf) CFSA Supplemental Animal Feed Rule Comments (.pdf)   Take Action >>

Let FDA Know How Much FSMA Will Really Cost

How much will the Food Safety Modernization Act cost small and mid-sized farms? Take a password protected survey (password is CFSA) and help researchers find the answer!  Researchers at the University of Maryland are conducting a nationwide survey of farmers to determine the burden of food safety regulation before the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) goes into effect.   The [...] Take Action >>

Tools & Resources

How To Call Your Representative

http://youtu.be/jVS4M9-e4fs Make your voice heard on food and farm issues! Calls to legislators are really influential. Sometimes as few as 10 calls to an influential legislator can determine what happens to a specific piece of legislation. This short video will show you how to call your representative and make a real difference! Stay informed! Sign up for [...] Learn More >>

Food Safety Videos

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has launched a series of videos to supplement the “Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit” manual. This video series continues to document real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can employ these tips and strategies to meet GAP certification [...] Learn More >>

Organic Agricultural Inputs

Farmers have consistently identified the limited supply of organic agricultural inputs as one of the most significant obstacles to increasing organic crop production in the Carolinas. You told us and we listened! CFSA has done the legwork so you can find and purchase OMRI-listed and NOP-compliant organic inputs.  Looking for OMRI-approved pesticides; organic dry or liquid fertilizers, [...] Learn More >>

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Community Food Strategies Initiative Supports, Coordinates Statewide Food Systems WorkNetworking opportunities at the Local Food Council Gathering

Guest post by Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) In 2008 and 2009, CEFS convened hundreds of food system stakeholders from across the state in “Farm to Fork,” a groundbreaking exploration of action opportunities for building a local, sustainable food system.  The initiative produced a statewide action guide identifying “game changer” strategies for transforming North Carolina’s food [...] Learn More >>

Elma C. Lomax Barnraiser Backer UpdateJT3A1514

  Thank you to all who have recently backed our Barnraiser campaign to support the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, NC. Since our post on November 19th, we have 99 new backers to celebrate! We made it to our initial goal of $25,000, and you helped us get there, Erin Adams, Phillip Alexander, Suzette Anderson, [...] Learn More >>

Food Safety Modernization Act 2; Fixes and Fails1625595_709625389058646_364681975_n

In 2013, the FDA published proposed rules for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  These rules were badly flawed and threatened to put many small, sustainable farmers out of business.  CFSA and our allies rallied farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers nation-wide to protest these bad proposals.  In a huge victory for our movement, FDA went [...] Learn More >>