Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 12, 2000, Image 29

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    National Organic
Standards Ready
-Consumers who are gobbling
up organic products at an un
precedented rate should have a
better idea of what they’re eat
ing when the nation’s first or
ganic labeling rules roll out this
year, a federal agriculture offi
cial told farmers Thursday.
“This will not be a perfect
rule, a holy grail, but it’s a place
to start so that farmers and con
sumers and the government can
have some agreement on what
organic means,” said Keith
Jones, who heads the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s
National Organic Program.
Jones said the rules-expected
to take effect this summer-will
require organic producers to go
Several models available
including non-electric.
• NO Septic System
•NO Chemicals
Save the Environment'
Recycle Back to Nature'
Feed those grains for big savings.
We will roast
through a mandatory planning
process, use materials off a
restrictive list and get their
farming practices verified by an
Enforcement, he said, will be
handled by state, county and
private agencies that currently
oversee the industry with a
hodgepodge of rules and guide
“We have empowered certi
fiers in this rule. But we’re also
going to ask certifiers to step up
to the plate and take action,”
said Jones, speaking at the
Ecological Farming Conference
in Pacific Grove, Calif, the
nation’s largest annual gather
ing of organic farmers.
Congress called for consistent
national “organic” guidelines 10
years ago. But earlier proposals
included irradiated and geneti
cally engineered food in the
organic categories, drawing
more than 280,000 protest let-
our farm.
ters from consumers and organ
ic farmers.
Jones said the revised rules,
now match industry standards
that exclude irradiated and
genetically engineered products.
Katherine DiMatteo who
heads the Greenville, Mass.-
based Organic Trade Association
said that despite existing self
regulation, her industry needs
the promised federal regula
“Without the government, we
would not be able to enforce this
program universally,” she said.
While the USDA has been
grappling with how to define
organic, the industry has boom
ed. Sales reached $6 billion last
year, and industry organizations
project growth of 20 to 25 per
cent a year as organic products
become mainstream, according
to the Organic Trade Assoc
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Bob Anderson, who chairs the
national organic advisory board
and heeds the 54-year-old or
ganic farming network Walnut
Acres in Penn Creek, Pa., said
consumers have a lot to gain.
There will finally be a consis
tent standard, and therefore the
consumer will know what’s in an
organic product and buy it with
confidence,” he said.
The USDA submitted its pro
New York Farm Bureau
Farm Bureau, the state’s largest
general farm advocacy organiza
tion, recently contacted the New
York Congressional delegation
urging support for expanding
the Northeast Interstate Dairy
Compact to include New York
State. The need for the Compact
has increased as most New York
dairy farmers are experiencing
rapidly falling prices that are
putting family farms in jeop
“There are some New York
dairy farmers who may be pro
tected from the falling prices,”
stated New York Farm Bureau
President John W. Lincoln.
Come And See The New
UNI Aerobic Exerciser
at a public meeting on Monday, February 28 at 7PM
Place: Leola Family Restaurant
365 West Main St. Leola, Pa.
Available with 3 different motors. Nothing like it!!!
1.110 volt AC heavy duty air cooled motor with a fan.
2.12 volt DC motor (connects direct to a battery, and uses less than
1/2 the current a unit with an inverter does).
3. Air motor with quick snap on connection.
All the units have the following features
teed contn
Variable si
i. This is very important. It can do what a 1
or 2 speed unit can not do. Get better results'
Variable Sway Adjustment .A true swaying motion which can be
adjusted while in use. This and speed control are very important,
because a short and light weight person needs a different swing
than a tall or heavy person. It can be adjusted to each person's
need for best results.
Ball Bearing Mechanism. Requires less current to operate it and
runs quieter. Tests proved it will not start knocking after a few
months of usage like other units do.
loft Cushii
>n Foot-rest,
needs no cover.
Patent Pending. This unique machine is so far advanced that
these features are included in a pending patent.
2 Year Warranty. Since these units are more durable and run on
ball bearings, they last longer, and are therefore guaranteed for 2
years, not 1 year like other exercisers.
de in the USA. Not involved with any foreign mysticism.
A better exerciser for less money
See the ad next week for more information, or contact: -
UNI Health Products, Inc.
539 Hilltop Road, Myerstown, Pa. 17067
Phone 717-866-4555 or 800-668-7373
Dealers Wanted. Buy 3 units to qualify.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, February 12, 2000-A29
posed rule to the Office of Man
agement and Budget last fall.
The OMB is required to publish
the rules in the Federal Register
in February.
After that, there will be a 60-
day Congressional review, fol
lowed by an expected 18-month
implementation period.
“Those dairy farmers shipping
milk into the Compact region
will have the benefit of the
Compact’s stabilizing effect on
prices. New York Farm Bureau
believes all of New York’s 8,300
dairy farmers should be able to
join the Compact.”
New York Farm Bureau has
been vocal in showing apprecia
tion to New York’s delegation for
their outstanding efforts during
the first half of the 106th session
of Congress. The over 30,000
farm family members were
pleased by the achievement of
Option 1A milk pricing and the
extension of the current
More comfortable than hard plastic, and it