Blog posts by Jon Knapp

Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, April 20, 2015 on genetic engineering, Non-GMO & More seal

Organic is always non-GMO–and so much more. Our certified members are held to a high standard of keeping their products GMO-free. CCOF conducts yearly inspections to ensure organic integrity and integrates GMO testing in addition to pesticide residue testing efforts. GMOs are strictly prohibited by the national organic standards, plus organic agriculture provides a long list of other benefits for healthy people and a healthy planet. Studies show that organically-grown food has higher amounts of Vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron–all vital nutrients for healthy functioning bodies. In...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, March 30, 2015 on education, genetic engineering, Non-GMO & More seal

As the nation’s leading organic certifier, CCOF has been at the leading edge of organic initiatives and programmatic innovation. In that spirit of innovation, we’re working behind the scenes to ensure organic grows and thrives in the food industry. So far, 2015 has been an extremely busy and productive year for us. This year we have already seen the second installment of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund to support the next generation of organic farmers. We held a wildly successful Policy Day where certified members were able to sit across from elected officials and inform them of organic...
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 Jon Knapp on Monday, January 5, 2015 on employment

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) is currently hiring for multiple vacancies. Please note that these committee positions are three year terms with no compensation — travel expenses are covered. The current vacancies include: Six Producer Alternates Two Processor Alternates Two Consumer Representative Alternates Two Technical Representative Alternates One Retail Representative One Wholesale Alternate Additionally, they’ll be hiring for positions that will become vacant on November 15, 2015. These positions are: Three Producer Members One Processor Member One...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, October 27, 2014 on member news, trade

Did you know that as a CCOF member, you are eligible to join the Organic Trade Association (OTA)? And now you can do so at a discounted cost. OTA is now offering Farmstead Membership to small-operation farmers with a gross organic income less than $250,000 a year. If this is YOU then you’ll be eligible for full OTA membership at a discounted price of $50 a year. OTA membership gives organic operations the opportunity to engage the OTA on important organic topics and allows you to stay completely up-to-date on all issues in the organic industry. Read the full press release from OTA.
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, October 20, 2014 on directory, marketing

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your information in the 2015 edition of our most popular publication, the Organic Directory & Resource Guide!   The Organic Directory & Resource Guide is a full color publication that we print annually. This directory includes all of our certified organic farmers, processors, handlers, packers, and retailers, and lists organic crops, livestock, processed products, and business services. In addition to our certified members and Business Partners who receive the Organic Directory & Resource Guide, we have retail buyers, manufacturers, wholesalers,...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, October 6, 2014 on financial assistance

The Bricmont Fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship. Since 2007 CCOF has distributed funds annually to members of the organic community who are in need. Curious if you are eligible? The requirements are fairly simple: Certified organic operation currently in good standing (valid organic certificate required for consideration). Have not received CCOF disaster or hardship funding in the last three years. Experienced severe economic loss in the 2014 calendar year. Submit documentation or...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, October 6, 2014 on events, food safety, get certification help, NOSB

October is full of events to help you grow your business. CCOF hopes you can attend and looks forward to meeting with you while we are on the road. The Western Organic Dairy Producers Association (WODPA) will be hosting the 2014 WODPA Conference in Rohnert Park, CA from October 14-15. CCOF will have a table at this year’s event, so come see us! GLOBALG.A.P. is offering a Crops Workshop and exam re-takes October 15-16 in conjunction with the PMA Fresh Summit 2014 in Anaheim, CA. If you are planning on attending PMA 2014, make sure you look into this workshop, as it provides an excellent...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, September 29, 2014 on biodiversity, grower, member news


Massa rice house

Massa Organics has had an incredible journey to sustainability. It began shortly after college when Greg Massa and his wife, Racquel Krach, returned to Greg’s family rice farm. They utilized their tropical ecology background to prime themselves for their next venture: organic farming. Massa Organics harvests organic almonds and rice on their 200+ acre span of land and employs a very interesting system of sustainable. In addition to their organic crops, they have introduced an animal element to their farm. In the past, their flock of ducks helped control the weed population in the rice fields...
Written by Jon Knapp on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 on CCOF, marketing

As 2014 is quickly passing, our magazine team is busy planning the 2015 Editorial Calendar for Certified Organic magazine. We diligently fashion our magazine topics to best suit organic farmers, processors, and consumers. If you’re not familiar with our quarterly publication, Certified Organic includes the latest hot topics in organic. Our vision is to inspire, build community, and educate certified-organic producers on the full breadth of CCOF and organic industry activity. These are some of the topics to look forward to in 2015: Spring 2015: Future Organic Farmers – Making the Difference!...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been sponsoring organic farming research, education, outreach, and competitive grant making programs for over 20 years! They are currently hiring for three positions in Santa Cruz, California. If you want to join this fantastic organization, email your résumé to jobs@ofrf.org. The positions are detailed below: Research Program Director This new, senior level position provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to build on OFRF’s body of work, to develop programs that encourage more...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on directory, marketing

The CCOF Organic Directory is the largest publication of its kind in the organic industry, listing over 1,500 products and services from more than 2,700 certified members. Help your listing stand out by adding a full-color business logo to your free client listing in each upcoming edition of CCOF's Organic Directory & Resource Guide, which is distributed annually to more than 4,000 organic consumers, producers, buyers, and suppliers. The one-time $100 Enhanced Directory Listing fee places your logo alongside your standard listing, highlighting and promoting your product to customers and...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on CCOF, inspection


We’re excited to share blog resources with the FarmsReach community! Every two months, we will highlight a roundup of each other’s blog features. Their most recent blog series focused on Labor & Worker Safety. Below is a summary of the practical information they shared. Enjoy! How to Survive Labor Audits & Avoid Big Fines “In July 2011, Paul was expecting a visit from the California State Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), as they were in the area inspecting farms for heat safety issues. When the DIR arrived at his farm and began interviewing his employees, they didn’t find...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 11, 2014 on marketing, research

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently in the process of evaluating the Organic Check-off program, which would fund research and aid in promotion of organic agriculture. Other “check-off programs” include the “Got Milk?” campaign and The Wool Trust, which provides grant opportunities to assist the expansion of wool development in the United States. These existing programs are wonderful agricultural opportunities, but they don’t necessarily fulfill the needs of organic farmers and producers. A Consumer Reports survey highlighted that shoppers now credit “natural” with attributes that...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 4, 2014 on CCOF, export, trade

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...

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