Written by Jane Sooby
on Monday, September 8, 2014
on inputs, pests and pesticides
CCOF encourages you to review California’s proposed plan for invasive plant pest management. A draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) describing the plan is open for comment through October 31, 2014.
In a recent press conference, Sandy Schubert, undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), stated that the plan offers CDFA’s best assessment of on-the-ground pest management practices and details the state’s decision-making process in taking pest management actions.
Laura Petro, CDFA’s Senior Environmental Scientist, said, “This report reflects California’s...
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 Zea Sonnabend
on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
on grower, inputs, materials, pests and pesticides
Organic citrus growers have spent more than a year now wading through the decision-making process for policies regarding the spread and eradication of Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and the deadly disease it can spread, Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) relies on a group of scientists known as the Science Advisory Panel (SAP) for recommendations about trapping and testing protocols, eradication zones, quarantines, and which materials are approved for control and/or eradication.
The SAP met in December in Ontario, CA and issued their...
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 Brise Tencer
on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
on grower, inputs, materials, pests and pesticides, regulatory, State Organic Program
Understandably, organic growers are concerned about the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that is a carrier of a devastating disease of citrus trees, huanglongbing (HLB). ACP findings are particularly concerning for organic producers because of how few choices there are for organic control methods. In cases of CDFA eradication efforts, there are no currently accepted organic treatments, but organic producers do have tools for management and prevention.
We encourage citrus growers to read up on the issue and be proactive with preventive management. In general, organic common sense principles...
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...