Michigan Organic Listserv - July 25, 2014
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Vicki Morrone-Organic farming specialist <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
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Organic Cost Share application is NOW open!
I am very happy to announce that USDA Farm Bill cost share for organic certification is NOW available for Michigan farmers who are newly or continued to be certified in 2014.

Complete the form, include a copy of your receipt for payment of certification and a copy of your certificate. Note the dates of certification must be sometime between  from Oct 2013 through Sept 2014.
***Note you can fill out an application for reimbursement for each certification you have completed this year for your organic production.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period on the approval of the use of toxic 2,4-D specifically for Dow’s GE corn and soybeans has closed to the public, and over 500,000 people around the country wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) telling it not to approve the use of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D specifically for Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn.

In response, Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have written a Congressional sign-on letter urging the EPA and USDA to deny approval of 2,4-D crops and this new version of Dow’s 2,4-D herbicide, and they are circulating the letter to Congress for signers.

Ask your Representative to sign!<>

EPA is timing their approval process with that of USDA, with both agencies proposing approval of the Dow Agent Orange, GE crop system.

Tell your representative to sign onto the DeFazio/Pingree letter<> urging EPA and USDA to reject Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on!

Vicki Morrone
Organic farming specialist
Center For Regional Food Systems at MSU
480 Wilson Rd Rm 303
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-353-3542/517-282-3557 (cell)

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