*Michigan Organic Listserve: News

*Eco-Lable Programs for Michigan Farmers*


Lia Spanilo, a graducate student at Michigan State University, has recently
put together a brochure, “Eco-Lable Programs for Michigan Farmers” to assist
farmers in determining which, if any, are appropriate and benefical for
their operations. It describes some more established lables, as well as some
that are in development. It also has a checklist that summarizes the broad
criteria embodied in each lable.

Most of the 130 eco-lables summarized in this brochure are also avialable to
farmes in other US states. These inlcude: American Grassfed, American Humane
Certified, American Welfare Approved, Certified Humane Rasied & Handled,
Certified Naturally Grown, Demeter Biodynamic, Domestic Fair Trade, Family
Farmed, Food Alliance, Predator Friendly, Protected Harvest, Select Michigan
and USDA Organic.

Here is a link to the brochure *
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*Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference Exhibitors Wanted!*


*When:* January 30, 2010

*Where:* Grayling High School, Grayling, MI

*Why:* Last year, we had over 700 people attend the Conference. Exhibitors
are encouraged to promote their products and/or services and have the
opportunity for direct sales at the conference

*How:* Two options are available for exhibitors Paid exhibiors ($75
including one conference registration) or Non-profit Exhibitors ($55
including one conference registration). Booth fees include lunch, 8-foot
table and display area. Additional people are $30 per person. Exhibits must
be free standing. Reservations for vendor spaces last year were full well in
advance of the conference. Spaces for this year’s conference will be filled
on a first come, first served basis.

The third option is an Information Table* *set up for brochures, pamphlets,
catalogs and other printed material. This table will be will be accessible
to people during breaks, lunches, prior to and after the conference. We
suggest that you send or bring 100-300 pieces of information that will be of
interest to conference attendees. We will be unable to return any leftover
materials. This table is free, but you need to still return the enclosed
form. Click here for Registration.

Feel free to contact the Presque Isle County MSU Extension office (989)734-2168
for more information. Or visit the website

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