Organic farm with beef, dairy, chickens and farmland USDA Photo by Lance Cheung
The farm, owned by Nick Maravell, produces Black Angus beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, hay, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, orchard grass, rye; and other crops. The cattle are100% grass-fed receiving certified organic pasture, certified organic hay (in winter), water and mineral salts mixed with sea kelp. The cattle are not fed hormones, antibiotics or animal products. Poultry feed from grain is ground from organic grain. The poultry also graze on organic pastures. The farm has conducted on-farm research with federal, state and non-profit agencies to refine organic practices.

USDA improves organic cost-share program

Organic producers and handlers may apply for certification cost share reimbursements as USDA expands eligibility for transition and state certification cost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that, starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit more than 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. Previously, the program was under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) jurisdiction.

"USDA is committed to helping the organic sector grow and thrive thr

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