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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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Incubator Farms: Launching Farm Businesses and Creating Communitydirtworks

CFSA’s 2014 Sustainable Ag Conference by Maya Jackson, SAC14 blogger and UDI Urban Farm “To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit.”  Sam Farr As our food system has changed over time, the number of farmers have decreased across the country. This changes the quality of food that is being produced and [...] Learn More >>

The Color of Food: Photography and Storytelling from Farmers of Colorthe color of food

CFSA’s 2014 Sustainable Ag Conference by Maya Jackson, SAC14 blogger and Marketing Manager at UDI Urban Farm in Durham, NC   This workshop was my favorite of the conference. I was excited from day one to know that I would be amongst new and experienced sustainable farmers at the Conference, but to have the chance to meet with [...] Learn More >>

Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Farmerstony-sac14

CFSA’s 2014 Sustainable Ag Conference by Anneliese Margaret, #SAC14 blogger I chose to attend Tony Kleese’s Whole Farm Planning workshop on Wednesday morning of the Sustainable Agriculture Conference because the idea of putting together a whole farm enterprise is maybe the most intimidating aspect of farming for me. I’m comfortable thinking about individual parts of the work–lettuce! [...] Learn More >>