Pennsylvania Certified Organic, a <\h>USDA-accredited organic certification agency, has set its Winter Standards Meeting for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Gap Family Center, 835 Houston Run Drive in Gap, Pa.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will include presentations and discussion on proposed organic policies, along with an update on PCO’s periodic residue testing and unannounced inspections programs.
The proposed policy revisions include dehorning, disbudding, and castration procedures in accordance with the organic regulations along with its 100 percent grass-fed livestock production policy, apiculture (bee product) production and maple syrup production.
Based on the feedback received from its membership, PCO may make minor revisions to the proposed policies. Ballots will be mailed to supporting and certified members in February. Associate members, business members, PCO staff and nonmembers are not eligible to vote for policy changes.
For more information, contact Kathryn Tokarz at 814-422-0251 or kathryn<\@>paorganic.org, or visit www.paorganic.org/standardsmeeting to register for the free meeting. Lunch is included.