CCOF is honored to have our President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, travel with Governor Jerry Brown's Mexico Trade Delegation. This trade mission was intended to address trade issues between California and Mexico. An agricultural delegation led by California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross, addressed important agricultural issues. A growing trade in organic products in both directions in addition to the current implementation of Mexico’s organic standards made this an important opportunity for addressing the needs of CCOF members. Other participants included Craig McNamara of Sierra Orchards, the Center of Land-Based Learning and the chair of the CA State Agricultural Board and Bryce Lundberg of Lundberg Family Farms, and member of the State Agricultural Boards.
CCOF built important relationships with a variety of commodity groups in attendance in addition to public officials such as Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the California Assembly Agricultural Committee.
The delegation met with SAGARPA (Mexico’s ag ministry), US Agricultural Trade Office officials, importers, distributors, and toured markets and retailers in addition meetings with other additional Mexican governmental agencies to address about trade issues. CCOF also worked to understand both import and export requirements under the new organic rules in Mexico. Interestingly, CCOF observed a wide variety of organic products on Mexican store shelves including products from Eel River Brewing, Nature's Path, and even organic domestically produced vegetables grown by Comercializadora G.A.B. and certified by CCOF.
Conversations centered on strengthening trade, investment and cooperation between Mexico and California. To learn more about this meeting, read the blog by CDFA’s Secretary, Karen Ross or follow Jake Lewin's Twitter feed.