Written by Jon Knapp
on Monday, January 12, 2015
on events, livestock
Learn to grow more grass, animals, and community at the first Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change, on February 27 and 28, 2015, at the Chico State University College of Agriculture Farm Pavilion.
Farmers and ranchers face enormous challenges today, from the drought conditions in the western United States to rising costs of production, regulations, family succession hurdles, and feed availability for livestock. Livestock producers are seeking lasting solutions to these issues
Livestock producers need a way to increase production of the land they have instead of seeking more...
Written by Kelly Damewood
on Monday, September 22, 2014
on assistance, livestock
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to livestock producers that suffered drought-related grazing losses on specific types of pastureland. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages eligible livestock producers to enroll in the LFP now. The USDA must reduce payments to producers who do not take action by September 30, 2014.
Livestock producers who may be eligible for disaster assistance include producers who have experienced grazing losses since October 2011.
If you believe you are eligible, contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and set an...
Written by Brise Tencer
on Monday, May 5, 2014
on advocacy, livestock, NOP, NOSB, policy, standards
CCOF believes that organic livestock standards should require humane and ethical treatment of animals during all stages of production, including transport and slaughter. CCOF, consistent with our mission and principles, has long advocated for NOP standards that ensure outdoor and soil access.
In December 2011, the NOSB unanimously passed a recommendation on Animal Welfare and Stocking Rates that capped off several years of work on these subjects. The NOSB recommendations were consistent with CCOF and other organizations’ recommendations.
In June 2013, the NOP released a report on the economic...
Written by Val George
on Friday, March 21, 2014
on drought, livestock, NOP, standards
An article published in many online newspapers on March 20 exemplifies how misinformation about the organic label can spread quickly. In the article, titled "How California’s drought is changing organic milk and honey", Hoda Emam begins by saying "the milk you think is organic, isn’t. Not really." Ms. Emam not only does a disservice to the organic label with this sentence but continues on in the article with information that makes it plainly obvious that many significant parts of this story were left out. It is important to note that although this article may be attempting to lead readers to...
Written by Guest Blogger
on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
on funding, grower, livestock
This post was written by Anita Brown, public affairs director, USDA NRCS California
Many organic farmers have dreams of a conservation project they would love to tackle: a multipurpose hedgerow; an efficient, water-saving irrigation system and schedule; a comprehensive plan to build soil organic matter; a hoop house to extend the growing season for local customers. However, the day-to-day demands of farming can leave those dreams stuck on a back burner. For those who haven’t heard, there is a relatively new resource to help you get cooking on those projects, and over 200 California organic...
Written by Guest Blogger
on Thursday, February 7, 2013
on funding, grower, livestock
This post was written by Val Dolcini, State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California
There’s a new USDA loan program that might be the perfect fit for beginning farmers and ranchers seeking access to capital. On January 15, the USDA Farm Service Agency rolled out a new Microloan program designed to help farmers and ranchers with credit needs of $35,000 or less. This new credit tool simplifies and streamlines the process for farmers obtaining loans under $35,000; it cuts the paperwork burden in half and is built to fit the needs of smaller-scale farmers and ranchers. ...
Written by Cathy Calfo
on Monday, January 21, 2013
on grower, handler, livestock, retail
CCOF’s annual membership meeting will take place at the top of a series of anniversary events – Celebrating Forty Years of Growing Organic Agriculture. The meeting will be held 9:00–10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, January 23, in the Kiln Room at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. This meeting is an opportunity for CCOF members to meet with each other, CCOF staff, and board members to let us know what’s on your mind (there will be an open microphone!), so please join us!
As part of the celebration, you can take a walk down memory lane: either by joining the anniversary...
Written by Jake Lewin
on Monday, November 12, 2012
on livestock, materials and inputs, services
From livestock to residues, unannounced inspections, and materials, CCOF is always trying to stay ahead of the curve.
Have you heard about our Livestock Unannounced Compliance Initiative? The “LUCI” program was launched the 2008. This innovative program is leading U.S. organic certifiers in their approach to organic dairy inspections. In fact, the National Organic Program liked it so much that they asked CCOF to write about it for the April/May 2011 National Organic Program newsletter; check out page five.
The LUCI program affirms the value of organic integrity initiatives and has taught us...