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Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, events, policy

CCOF is excited to announce that Mary Kaems, principal consultant to California Speaker of the Assembly, will join the Rooting for Organic advocacy day on Wednesday, February 19. Kaems, a longtime supporter of organic agriculture and an important voice in the Capitol, will host an end-of-day debrief with attendees to learn about how the meetings throughout the day went, discuss next steps, and close the day in celebration.   At our Rooting for Organic advocacy day, stakeholders from across the organic sector will advocate for policies that support the growth of organic agriculture and...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, February 10, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, general organic, research

Next week, CCOF is releasing our Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report, the next installment in a first-of-its-kind research project that investigates how organic is a solution to California’s toughest challenges.  From climate change to economic and health inequities, organic agriculture is a proven solution. CCOF’s 2019 Benefits Report analyzed three decades of peer-reviewed research to document the economic, environmental, and health benefits of organic. The Policy Report builds on this scientific foundation and presents nearly 40 policy recommendations to grow organic to combat...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, February 10, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic

The organic industry is growing rapidly, and the beer industry is growing with it. In 2019, Anheuser-Busch launched the Contract for Change initiative that supports Idaho barley farmers who try organic production for the first time, providing price support through transition and a reliable market for the crop. Join CCOF and OATS at one of our Organic Malt Barley Farmer Meetings and learn about organic production, the transition process, organic barley, and how the Contract for Change program can work for you. Everyone is welcome, whether you currently grow barley or are just starting to...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, February 10, 2020 on advocacy, events, general organic, grants

30 years of Seeding Change: 1990-2020 OFRF is turning 30!  OFRF's annual benefit luncheon helps provide grants that lead to innovation in the organic sector and supports OFRF's programs which foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming throughout the United States.  Come network, celebrate, and hear from organic industry leaders while enjoying the best meal at Expo West! OFRF's long-standing luscious benefit event features an all-organic menu created by celebrity chefs Christopher Blobaum, Donna Prizgintas, and Beth Miller. Mark your calendars and get your tickets now -...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 3, 2020 on CCOF, general organic, NOP


NOP Honors CCOF

CCOF Certification Services was honored by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) with two awards at the Accredited Certifiers Association training in San Antonio, Texas this week. CCOF received the Investing in INTEGRITY award, which recognizes CCOF for its contributions to the Organic INTEGRITY Database and recognizes CCOF’s commitment to providing accurate, timely, and comprehensive data reporting to the INTEGRITY database. CCOF has won this award numerous years in a row.  First launched in 2015, INTEGRITY is a database administered by NOP that makes...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, February 3, 2020 on CCOF, food safety, general organic, producer

CCOF is excited to continue offering food safety certification by and for organic producers in the 2020 production season. Not only do we cover your organic crops and handling, but we can also audit your non-organic acreage alongside your organic or transitioning acreage while we’re out there. If given enough lead time, CCOF can even combine your organic and your food safety audits in one visit!  CCOF has long been a trusted source for premier certifications, with competent, friendly local inspectors spread out over various regions and climates in North America. Our inspectors come from...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, February 3, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic

From January 22-25, the Ecological Farming Association brought together the organic community for a week of connection, learning, and celebration at the EcoFarm Conference. CCOF members and staff were active participants in the conference both as attendees and as workshop presenters and moderators, event hosts, and keynote speakers. As CCOF staff, we relish the opportunity to connect with our members and partner organizations in-person, and EcoFarm provides the perfect opportunity to do so.  Farm Tours and Pre-Conference Gatherings The events kicked off on Tuesday with a field day at CCOF-...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 3, 2020 on advocacy, education, general organic

The University of California system's first-ever institute for organic research and education will be established in the University of California's Agriculture and Natural Resources division (UC ANR) with a $500,000 endowment gift from Clif Bar & Company and $500,000 in matching funds from UC President Janet Napolitano. The California Organic Institute will accelerate the development and adoption of effective tools and practices for organic farmers and those transitioning to organic by building on the capabilities of UC ANR's Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture Research and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 3, 2020 on advocacy, general organic, producer

USDA reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year term. “This is the first opportunity for general sign-up since 2016, and we want producers and private landowners to know that we have just one month remaining,” Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “It is critical that they make their final determinations and submit offers very soon to...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, January 27, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, livestock


Livestock

With wildfires and other natural disasters becoming more common, disaster preparedness is an important part of running a sustainable livestock operation. Join the CCOF Foundation on February 11 for a webinar that highlights best management practices that organic livestock operations can take to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This webinar will also review USDA risk management and disaster assistance programs that aid farmers and ranchers in recovering from a disaster after it has occurred.Our first speaker, Dr. Stephanie Larson, director of Sonoma County University of California...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 27, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Celsa Ortega

My name is Celsa Ortega and I am 32 years old. I am from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Growing up in the mountain ranges with my grandparents, we harvested a ‘milpa’ and I quickly grew fond of my grandparents love and dedication for agriculture. I now have four children, three boys and one girl ranging from 13 to five years old. My family and I arrived in the Salinas Valley in 2006, and we have since been field workers. I enjoyed working in Greenfield, CA harvesting cilantro by contract. This job provided well for my family with the high pay and hours that I was able to achieve. A past...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, roadmap


Before the Brave by Zack Pianko

Photo by Zack Piánko In the face of climate catastrophes taking place worldwide, CCOF is leading the charge to create a climate-resilient California and United States. On February 18 and 19, CCOF will be joined by California State Senator Anna Caballero at the CCOF Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, where we will release the CCOF Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report. The release party for the report will be hosted by the CCOF Foundation, CCOF’s 501c(3) nonprofit arm that supports organic farmers and producers across the entire Untied States. Join us for organic food and cocktails, a...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, general organic, marketing


FMTFS

The CCOF Foundation’s Farmers’ Marketing: Tools for Success project is aimed at helping growers who sell at farmers’ markets finetune their marketing to increase sales and revenue. The project offers both on-line and in-person workshops for farmers and resources on organic for farmers’ market managers. Farmer Resources – Webinars o Recordings■ Assessing Crop Profitability for Farm Business Planning■ Organic 101 for Small and Midsized Farms o Upcoming Webinars■ Check out the CCOF events’ calendar or sign up for the CCOF Newsletter to get announcements on upcoming Farmers’ Marketing webinars....
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 on CCOF, general organic, member news

Fair Farm Colorado, a CCOF member based in Longmont, Colorado, is the first egg operation to be certified to the Laying Hen and Pullet standards of the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), a comprehensive farm animal welfare standards program. Fair Farm Colorado’s operation is certified to GAP’s Entire Life on Farm (Step 5+). “Fair Farm just received GAP’s top animal welfare rating for a laying hen farm,” said Walt Pounds, Fair Farm’s founder and CEO. “We at Fair Farm Colorado are honored and excited to become the first egg operation to partner with the Global Animal Partnership,” he said. ...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 20, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Rhyne Cureton

My future career will be as an organic inspector and educator for the South East. I believe that the South East has the potential to be a major influence in the organic movement. The National Agricultural Statistics Services illustrates that in 2016, not one South Eastern state exceeded over 500 certified organic farms; six of these states having fewer than 50 certified farms. However, this void of organic certification should not be misunderstood as a lack of organic practices within the region. The South East has a strong and growing population of farms and farmers that do have organic...

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