Press Releases

September 26, 2014
The chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and central coast state representatives Senator Bill Monning (D-Monterey) and Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) joined CCOF for a farm...
August 25, 2014
(August 25, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – The CCOF Foundation announced today that the Clif Bar Family Foundation has joined the growing list of industry leaders who are fostering the next generation of U.S. organic farmers. This partnership included a...
July 25, 2014
(July 25, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – The CCOF Foundation announced today that it has received a $50,437 donation from the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) to support the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. The fund provides grants to...
July 14, 2014
(July 14, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – Today, CCOF Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo announced the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s 2014 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund direct grants for students pursuing higher or vocational education in organic...
July 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 19 additional members to six agricultural trade advisory committees. "The agricultural trade advisory committees...
May 6, 2014
To assure the public that organic fruits and vegetables bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic seal are produced in accordance with strict rules and regulations, the National Organic Program requires that growers with organic sales of...
April 21, 2014
(April 21, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – The CCOF Foundation and the UNFI Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, and Bradmer Foods, are pleased to announce the opening of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. $...
April 16, 2014
COMMERCE, Calif. — About a couple dozen members of Santa Cruz, Calif.-based California Certified Organic Farmers got a first-hand look at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market April 11 and then visited Heath & Lejeune, a wholesale broker in...
April 3, 2014
(April 3, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA –  CCOF is pleased to announce availability of special hardship funds for certified organic producers who are having a hard time making ends meet this spring due to damage caused by drought. Thanks to a special grant...
April 3, 2014
(3 de abril de 2014) de Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF tiene el placer de anunciar la disponibilidad de subvenciones para las familias de agricultores californianos que son incapaces de subsistir debido a los daños causados por la sequía. Gracias a una...
March 14, 2014
(March 14, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA - CCOF announced today Phillip LaRocca, proprietor of LaRocca Vineyards, has been elected chair of the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors. LaRocca replaces Will Daniels of Earthbound Farm who held the board chair position...
March 10, 2014
(March 10, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation, along with other industry leaders Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, and Bradmer Foods are supporting the education of new farmers, ranchers, and food processors by establishing the...
March 7, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. — “Farming the Urban Edge” was more than just a catchy theme for this year’s California Certified Organic Farmers annual meeting. After the annual gathering in Anaheim, members had a chance to take a bus tour that spanned several...
February 27, 2014
(Feb 27, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA –  CCOF announced today Neal MacDougall, an associate professor of agribusiness at Cal Poly for more than 17 years, has been appointed chair of the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee. The committee...
January 29, 2014
(January 29, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a farm bill that includes funding for critical programs that support the growth of the organic sector. The Senate is expected to follow suit in the coming days....
January 22, 2014
Industry-leading innovation makes certification easier and faster. (January 22, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF continues to streamline organic certification through its materials revolution and will demo a new Materials Search service January 22-25 in...
September 25, 2013
(September 25, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA - USDA and Japan announced Thursday at Natural Products Expo East a new organic equivalency agreement, finalizing many years of perseverance toward equivalence without critical variances. As of January 1, 2014,...
September 20, 2013
(September 20, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – Voluntary organic retail certification provides consumers with added certainty that products are clearly labeled, that organic and conventional produce and bulk foods are not commingled or misrepresented, and...
May 9, 2013
(May 9, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF announced today that its industry-leading tool, MyCCOF, has been expanded with new services for CCOF-certified entities and organic industry buyers. The updated MyCCOF includes the first online access to...
April 24, 2013
"I sat down with Mary Leslie, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Business Council, and Cathy Calfo of California Certified Organic Farmers, to pick their brains about a recent trip to China with Governor Jerry Brown. Here's what they took away...
April 8, 2013
Executive Director Calfo to Attend Delegation Meetings in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou (April 8, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – Cathy Calfo, Executive Director and CEO of CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), will travel to China as part of a...
April 4, 2013
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Releases Updated List of Certified Organic Operations (April 4, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – Recently released figures indicate that CCOF Certification Services remains the largest USDA National Organic Program (NOP...
March 28, 2013
For the 10th anniversary of the National Organics Program officials are reviewing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight role with an eye on reducing paperwork while maintaining standards. Some organic certifiers, including California...
February 19, 2013
USDA Responds to Request to Reduce Paperwork (February 18, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – Today, CCOF, the nation’s largest and oldest organic certifier, thanked the USDA for its response to a request for reduction of barriers to organic certification that...
February 11, 2013
(February 11, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF announced today the award of over $6,000 in relief funds to eight certified organic operations that experienced extreme hardships such as drought, fire, invasive pest losses, or other natural disasters in...
February 8, 2013
Restoring organic programs that were zeroed out in funding will be a top priority for industry advocates in upcoming negotiations over the 2013 Farm Bill. Early this year, the previous 2008 Farm Bill was extended for nine months but numerous organic...
January 24, 2013
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — California Certified Organic Farmers marked its 40th anniversary with a tour of Central Coast growers, its backers pausing along the way to reflect on obstacles overcome or still in their path. The tour, which ended with a...
January 22, 2013
120 Organic Movement Farmers, Founders & Supporters in Two Buses View California Farms & Share Stories at EcoFarm, Wed., Jan. 23 (Jan. 22, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF, the nation’s leader in organic certification, advocacy, and education...
October 2, 2012
CCOF and Oregon Tilth, two of the nation's oldest organic certification, advocacy, and educational organizations, have suspended plans to join forces. Plans for the two organizations to merge were announced in May. On Saturday, September 29, at a...
March 20, 2012
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Releases New List of Certified Organic Operations Figures released over the weekend place CCOF Certification Services, as the largest certifier of organic products in the U.S. CCOF represents 2,321 certified...
January 27, 2012
Calling for the advancement of practices and policies that will grow organic during 2012, CCOF will host CaliforniaSecretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and U.S. Farm Bill author and activist Daniel Imhoff(author of Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to...
April 27, 2011
CCOF announced today the appointment of former California Deputy State Treasurer Cathy Calfo as Executive Director. Since 1973, CCOF has been a leader in enforcing standards for organic certification and in shaping policies that ensure the...