Blog posts by general organic

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, July 10, 2017 on cost share, general organic

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2017 applications, but only a few months remain to apply for funds. Through this program, eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Eligible operations can also receive a refund of California State Organic Program registration fees. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 10, 2017 on general organic, policy, regulatory

California Governor Jerry Brown authorized $10 million in funding in the 2017 budget to prevent the spread of the invasive insect Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB), a citrus-killing disease carried by the insect. ACP feeds on citrus plant leaves and stems, causing deformation and plant stunting. It is a known carrier of HLB. The insect and disease have causes over $7 billion in economic impact in Florida, and its arrival in California poses a major threat. While it has yet to spread to commercial citrus trees, approximately 375 trees have been removed in Kern County, and...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 10, 2017 on general organic, policy, regulatory

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released their 2017 Sunset final rule. The rule removes three synthetic substances and five non-organic agricultural substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) and renews three other substances.    The final rule is consistent with the 2015 recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB reviews all substances on the National List every five years to determine their status in organic production. NOSB makes recommendations to remove substances from the National List using the criteria...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 10, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, policy, regulatory

Both the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the United States House Committee on Agriculture have busy weeks with key farm bill hearings scheduled. On July 13, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. PST, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will have a full committee hearing titled Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.   The hearing will be the first time organic agriculture will be highlighted in a 2018 Farm Bill hearing. The committee will announce witnesses shortly. A live-...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 3, 2017 on education, general organic, policy

Applications for California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA), are now being accepted until August 11, 2017. GEELA honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated voluntary contributions in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy.   Projects/programs must fall into one of five categories and subcategories: Climate change Ecosystem and land use stewardship Environmental education Sustainable...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, June 26, 2017 on general organic

Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. “The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates the people and places where innovative and creative thinking and experimentation are taking place,” said Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm, recipient of the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award. “If you or a friend include conservation...
Written by Antonina Hines on Monday, June 5, 2017 on certification process, general organic, policy, regulatory

Are you in the process of changing your labels because of the new FDA requirements? Whether you’re certified organic or not, now is a good time to consider adding CCOF’s “Organic is Non-GMO & More” seal to your packaging. If you’re not currently certified organic and are reprinting your labels, now is the perfect time to consider organic certification. If you choose certification with CCOF, you can use the “Organic is Non-GMO & More” seal at no extra cost to communicate to consumers and buyers that your organic products are free from GMOs. Want to learn more about why CCOF is the...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, June 5, 2017 on advocacy, education, general organic, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. last month. Each year, the week includes events including the Organic Center’s Organic Confluences summit and OTA’s Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. CCOF member Dieter Schellenberg of Schellenberg Farms and other CCOF-certified producers attended Organic Week this year to share their organic farmer-perspective with their elected representatives.   At the conference, OTA released the results of their latest Organic Industry Survey. In 2016, the organic sector continued its upward climb. Organic sales in the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 22, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler


The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production, supply chain, and support service providers.    OGS Exhibitors will represent the following industries:  Organic production Service and supply chain management Seed Packaging Soil amendments Food safety Equipment/machinery Crop protection Ag technology   The OGS audience and attendees will include:  Organic growers and farmers Field production...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 8, 2017 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, general organic

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2017 applications!   This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. Beginning in 2017, operations located in California can also receive a refund of their State Organic Program registration fees.    Certification cost share helps keep organic certification accessible for all, from the smallest to largest organic operations. Cost share...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 8, 2017 on education, farmers markets, general organic


Postcards

CCOF's free "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are still available! This informational card will help educate consumers about what "certified organic" really means. Your customers will walk away knowing the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Cards come in packets of 50, limit two packets per order. Order your cards today! If you have questions, please call or email the CCOF Foundation at (831) 346-6322 or ccoffoundation@ccof.org. 
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, May 8, 2017 on general organic, genetic engineering, policy, research

In response to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) recent GMO testing pilot project results, CCOF has expanded its GMO testing and will assist CDFA in identifying any potential source of inadvertent GMO presence along the organic supply chain. Following a request made by CCOF members at our Annual Meeting in 2015, and upon the recommendation of the California State Advisory Committee (COPAC), CDFA launched the GMO testing pilot project last year. The goal of the project is to evaluate the risk of GMO presence in organic products. On May 3, 2017, CDFA reported on the...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, May 8, 2017 on chapters, general organic

Spring is a time of year that brings the joy of life to the forefront for all of us who work in agriculture. The CCOF Chapters have been buzzing with spring activity over the last month and two chapters conducted elections.    On April 6, the Pacific Southwest Chapter held a meeting in Escondido. Eric Larson, executive of the San Diego Farm Bureau, gave a presentation on important issues facing the farming community, such as the regional Water Board Agricultural Order and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, as well as issues concerning labor and immigrant worker rights. The chapter also...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 1, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, policy

President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture, George Erwin “Sonny” Perdue III has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office. As head of USDA, Secretary Perdue oversees the National Organic Program. During the Senate confirmation process, Secretary Perdue indicated support for USDA promotion of organic and an understanding of consumer demand for organic products. CCOF congratulated Secretary Perdue and will continue to advocate for organic priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, December 19, 2016 on advocacy, general organic, policy

Based on data collected from organic certifiers, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service just released a summary of organic statistics from 2014 and 2015. The summary includes data on certified organic crop and livestock operations. It shows that the number of certified organic operations increased from 13,174 in 2014 to 14,861 in 2015, a growth rate of 13 percent. Certified organic pasture and rangeland acreage increased by 47 percent, from 1,467,874 acres in 2014 to 2,160,764 acres in 2015. Acreage of most organic crop types increased between...

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