Farm Commons Webinars

Many farmers rely on interns and apprentices for farm labor. Did you know specific and complex employment laws affect interns, apprentices and volunteers? Listen to the Farm Commons recorded webinar on the subject  to make sure your farm is building a strong, stable intern program. Also check out the 2014-15 Farm Law Basics Series with fourteen webinars available […]

Season Extension Resources

It’s the time of the year when organic farmers are tucking in beds into cover crop as they’re harvested and planting seedlings for winter and early spring sales.  With innovation and planning, Illinois farmers are able to extend their season and even grow year-round inside hoop structures.  Whether you call them “high tunnels”, “hoophouses”, “greenhouses” […]

New Fact Sheet Available about Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

The Organic Labeling at Farmer’s Markets fact sheet brought to you by  the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program can help farmers market vendors and community supported agriculture (CSA) operations properly market organic fruits, vegetables, or livestock products to consumers who are looking for fresh, locally sourced foods. It helps market participants understand the […]

Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts

The Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has just recently released their highly-anticipated guide to written organic agriculture contracts, Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts, and it’s now available, for free, right at your fingertips (scroll down, its under “Publications and Articles”). According to FLAG, “One major goal of the Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts is to encourage an organic marketing […]

Application Deadlines Coming Up Fast

This is a quick reminder that the deadline for the EQIP Organic Initiative, a program under the umbrella of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the USDA, is coming up very quick. November 16, to be exact, as Illinois has one of the earliest deadlines in the country. EQIP, which stands for the Environmental […]

The National Organic Standards Board

Earlier this week, we published an article on the gelling agent pectin and the restrictions against it, which are to be greatly relaxed come this November. Those restrictions can be found on the ‘National List'; a list of ‘allowed and prohibited substances’ used in organic food production, run by the USDA. The List is a […]