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Comment Now on FDA’s New Food Safety Rules

Public comments are due Dec. 15, 2014. FSMA Background In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: - Standards for produce production (Produce Rule), and - Food safety measures for facilities that process food for human consumption (Preventive Controls Rule). These rules are part of FDA’s [...] Take Action >>

Sales Tax Exemption for Farmers

Update Do you have an agricultural exemption certificate number that enables you to buy farm supplies and equipment without paying sales tax? It’s time to reapply! Your number is expiring on either July 1, 2014 or October 1, 2014. Avoid trouble with the tax man by clicking here to go to the Take Action section. The Background In 2013, [...] Take Action >>

Cooperative Extension Needs Your Help!

In 2014, North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of service, enhancing the lives, land and economy of North Carolina citizens.  As they do so, they are asking for your help to illustrate their impact and identify ways to better serve you during the next 100 years. To do this, Cooperative Extension has asked N.C. State’s Center for [...] Take Action >>

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Questions for Candidates

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) works directly with policymakers and community leaders across the Carolinas to educate and collaborate on issues that affect food and farming. CFSA believes that it is incredibly important that leaders across both states understand the importance of sustainable farming and community food systems. This document provides guidance for individuals to [...] 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 >>