Written by Kelly Damewood
on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
on farming: materials and inputs, inputs, NOSB
Please complete the following surveys prepared by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
The surveys compile information on crop and processing materials pending review before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Your feedback on these materials is critical because it will help shape CCOF comments and testimony to the NOSB.
NOSB advises the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing based on criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act. Generally, synthetic substances are prohibited...
Written by Jake Lewin
on Friday, January 3, 2014
on certification process, farming: materials and inputs, food safety, inputs, materials, materials and inputs, MyCCOF, services
Our efforts to reduce paperwork, simplify certification, and provide benefits to our members continue in 2014! We are pleased to present three important new tools built to meet your needs: our new online Materials Search, expansion of MyCCOF: Supplier Management, and field-level food safety certification.
MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!
The CCOF materials revolution continues in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF certified members.
After changing how materials are managed and providing better, faster reviews, we have taken the next step. All CCOF internally...
Written by Zea Sonnabend
on Thursday, March 7, 2013
on advocacy, farming: materials and inputs, grower, NOP, NOSB, policy, standards
CCOF is committed to ending the use of antibiotics in organic fruit production. We believe that a longer time period is necessary for oxytetracycline than the current 2014 expiration date because of the continuing research in varying locations and seasons that would ensure success, the need for registration of new materials, and enough time for grower education and outreach. We would like to see an extension in the range of 2017 to 2020 for phase out; however, we support the majority position to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to October 21, 2016. While our clients...
Written by Jane Sooby
on Friday, January 4, 2013
on farming: materials and inputs, grower, help and tips, inputs, water
Widespread leakage of nitrogen from agricultural production has become a huge problem worldwide. Recent news articles have reported that numerous small towns in California’s central valley, the country’s most productive agricultural region, must use bottled water because their municipal water supplies are contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrates. A report issued by UC Davis in early 2012 documented that in California’s Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley, “roughly 254,000 people are currently at risk for nitrate contamination of their drinking water.” The “dead zone” in the Gulf of...