Blog posts by general organic

Written by Peter Nell on Monday, November 9, 2020 on CCOF, general organic, member news

This November, CCOF will launch a survey of our membership in partnership with Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC).  It is important to receive responses from a wide range of CCOF-certified businesses, so we encourage as many of our members as possible to submit your survey. Your information and responses will remain confidential; the results will be presented in such a way that no individual’s response can be identified by CCOF.  We are surveying members to learn more about your certified organic businesses and how to improve CCOF services. The...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, November 9, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, general organic

With its consumers and retailers demanding more sustainable packaging, the produce industry has begun to turn its eye toward sustainable packaging options. Earlier this year, many North American fresh berry producers committed to switching to 100 percent recycle-ready clamshell packaging by 2025.  Farms that sell directly to consumers also see the benefits of sustainable produce packaging. Many organic farms consider the use of recyclable or compostable packaging as aligned with their commitment to maintain and improve natural resources. On October 20, 2020, farmers and representatives from...
Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, November 9, 2020 on financial assistance, general organic

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has updated the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a federal program that pays farmers who have a documented record of stewardship to tackle additional conservation practices. Some of NRCS’s changes includean emphasis on enhancing soil health,a commitment to soliciting input from State Technical Committees,a one-time payment for developing a comprehensive conservation plan, andsupport and designated organic funds for organic production and organic transitioning activities. California received a sizable boost in CSP funding in 2020,...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, November 9, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition


Amanda Wall

As part of a broader effort to increase organic farming, CCOF has partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support to farmers during the critical phase of transitioning to organic. We are honored to introduce you to Organic Transition grantee Amanda Wall of PAW Livestock in Pleasantville, Iowa.Wall and her husband Patrick both grew up on diversified farms in the Upper Midwest. Between the two of them, they’ve raised beef cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, alfalfa, grass hay, corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, and rye. They were both...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 9, 2020 on general organic


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Stone fruit is a sought-after treat this time of year, especially as more families prepare meals together at home. Stone fruits can be enjoyed on their own as a snack, or even tossed into a summer salad alongside dark leafy greens, goat cheese, and a touch of fig balsamic vinaigrette. California is the premier producer of stone fruit nationwide, with Imperfect Foods reporting that California produces 95 percent of U.S. nectarines, plums, and apricots. It’s no secret that people all over the world wish to partake in delicious California-grown stone fruit.  Stone fruit provider and CCOF...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 26, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program, general organic


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Fred Fagundes, owner and partner of Fagundes Brother’s Dairy, is a generous business leader. For many years, Fagundes Brother’s Dairy has been a loyal supporter of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund (FOFGF). They continue to champion the CCOF Foundation’s programs despite the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the connection between organic production and human and environmental health has become ever more apparent in recent months. Fagundes Brother’s Dairy is committed to producing organic dairy products at an accessible price. What’s more, Fred Fagundes is keeping his...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 26, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition


Portia Fulford

As part of a broader effort to increase organic farming, CCOF has partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support for farmers during the critical phase of transitioning to organic. We are honored to introduce you to Organic Transition grantee Dr. Portia Fulford of Organpi Farms in Selma, Alabama.  Dr. Fulford is dedicated to improving access to healthy organic food and providing jobs for the Black Belt counties of Alabama. Fulford has a history of farming kale, watermelons, and a few other vegetables and envisions...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 26, 2020 on funding, general organic

CCOF’s proposal to add an Organic Transition Option to the California Healthy Soils Program was stymied on  October 15 by the panel that advises the secretary of food and agriculture on the program. Instead, the panel approved a recently submitted recommendation from the California Farm Bureau Federation to establish a new program that would provide funding for farm planning. Due to the strain on the state’s budget caused by the pandemic, there currently is no funding for the Healthy Soils Program. If CCOF’s proposed Organic Transition Option, originally presented to the panel in January, had...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 19, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic

 The first “gigafire” in  California  in decades, a single wildfire has reached a stunning size of more than 1 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This record-breaking fire has destroyed homes, farms, and farmlands, and has displaced families and animals from their habitats. A community in the direct path of these angry wildfires is our fellow organic farmers, who already operate on razor-thin margins. This has been an extraordinary year with  organic farmers being hit with twofold challenges: first from the COVID-19 pandemic and now the...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, October 19, 2020 on crisis resilience, financial assistance, general organic, resources

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for the second round of funding for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) through December 11, 2020. CFAP 2 features a new payment structure and simplified application process that will likely benefit many organic producers, including those ineligible and those that qualified for little relief in the first round of funding. Farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for CFAP 2 regardless of whether they received a payment from the first round of CFAP funding. In addition to increased payments for many commodities,...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 19, 2020 on biodiversity, CCOF Foundation, general organic, roadmap, we are essential


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CCOF Foundation Visionary-level supporter Patagonia has long championed environmental causes and is now turning its attention, voice, and financial support toward supporting organic agriculture. In 2019, Patagonia Action Works, which connects Patagonia enthusiasts with environmental nonprofits, launched a matching gift program. As a result of this program, the CCOF Foundation received an additional $20,000 in funds from Patagonia. Patagonia doubled the generous gifts of fellow CCOF Foundation supporters Sweet Earth Foods, Braga Fresh, and New Hope Network. These funds were critical in...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 19, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition


Madson

As part of a broader effort to increase organic farming, CCOF has partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support for farmers during the critical phase of transitioning to organic. Are you interested in transitioning your farm to organic? Apply by November 27 for your own $5,000 grant to help you make the transition. Casey Madson is one of this year’s grant recipients and brave farmers committed to transition to organic.  Madson’s family farm was first established in Hartland, Minnesota 152 years ago by Johannes Madson...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, October 19, 2020 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

Advertise with CCOF and access your target audience. But hurry, space goes quickly! From full-color publications to targeted online media, CCOF's resources appeal to all parts of the organic sector, from producers to suppliers to consumers. Our publications serve as long-trusted sources of information on organic farming and food production. CCOF certifies the majority of California’s organic agriculture and is active in 46 states and four countries, including Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. We represent over 4,000 CCOF-certified organic producers and, as a member-driven, organic-...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 19, 2020 on events, general organic

Are you interested in planting hedgerows of native plants on you farm, but aren’t quite sure how to get started? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is currently offering free consultations and free plants to California farmers interested in planting hedgerows on their land.  Whether you are looking to provide habitat for beneficial insects such as pollinators, predators, and parasites, establish a windbreak, or plant a vegetative buffer at the edge of your property, NCAT can help you select the most appropriate plants for your hedgerow and give you tips on hedgerow planting...
Written by Cassidy Carmichael on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 on general organic, policy

The FDA has proposed a new rule to lay the foundation for full food supply chain tracking. Once the rule is finalized, additional traceability records will be required for specific foods and ingredients, including cheese, eggs, nut butter, cucumbers, fresh herbs, all leafy greens, melons, peppers, sprouts, tomatoes, tropical tree fruits, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and others. Review the proposed rule and  comment by January 21, 2021.

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