Blog posts by Laura Mathias

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a director of farm certification to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The director will oversee CCOF’s farm-level certification programs within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally-accredited organic certification programs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as CCOF’s Food Safety Services program. This position may also implement new add-on programs. This is a senior management level position for a self-directed, career-minded individual with good judgement. Applicants must have...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 9, 2016 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 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. Certification cost share helps keep organic certification accessible for all, from the smallest to largest organic operations. Cost share distributes federal funds through state departments of agriculture. Find the right contact for your state. CCOF encourages all...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation

Each year CCOF competes for a spot on the New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken boards, and we need your vote! Every time a customer uses their own reusable shopping bag at New Leaf store locations, they are awarded a 10¢ envirotoken to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice on the board. To qualify for the boards, these nonprofits are required to maintain a goal of helping the environment and conserve resources. CCOF proudly adheres to this requirement. We are honored to have been included on these boards for many years and we need your help to remain a recipient of these donations....
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 22, 2016 on

Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new step to support farmers transitioning to certified organic production, by expanding a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product’s actual value. The Secretary made the announcement at the White House during remarks at the White House Rural Council/USDA Market Summit.   In his announcement, Secretary Vilsack said that “consumer demand for organic products continues to increase and the industry has experienced remarkable growth, representing more than $39 billion in U.S. retail...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, February 12, 2016 on events

Earth Day Food & Wine delivers a top-quality food and wine experience paired with a casual, low-key atmosphere, all while celebrating the passionate people behind the sustainable food movement. Nestled under the oaks at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California on April 23, the event pairs farmers with local chefs: together they present a one-of-a-kind dish!  This event is still looking for farmer partners from the Paso Robles area. Interested? Here are the details:  Farmers and producers donate product for local chefs to use in a dish. The farmer is recognized on event signage and website...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, February 12, 2016 on events

With the support of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation is hosting a Go Organic Seminar for industrial hemp farmers and CCOF will be there! Join us and other industry speakers, including: John Roulac, Founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods Adam Watson, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, in a session on organic growing methods Dan Kittredge, Founder of Bionutrient Food Association, a national association of voting members who agree to...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 8, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at the Annual Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference on Wednesday, February 17! Join commercial fruit and vegetable growers from Colorado of all scales, marketing channels and production practices for this day event in Denver. Bring your organic and food safety certification questions to our booth. See you there!
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, September 4, 2015 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding

The application deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is fast approaching! Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2015. 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. CCOF has made it easy to apply with Cost Share forms and instructions and a checklist...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, July 6, 2015 on cost share

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2015 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. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2015. At this point, over 300 CCOF-certified members have applied....
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, marketing


Postcards

Our popular "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are back! This informational postcard will help you educate shoppers about certified organic. These cards promote buying certified organic, explain what "certified organic" means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Place your complimentary order (limit 100 per operation) now! These complimentary marketing materials are available in limited supply. Postcards will be shipped the first week of June. "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards have been made available through the generous sponsorship of:     This is a project of...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

The CCOF Foundation continues to bring together current and potential organic producers through our 2015 Going Organic workshops. These events are intended for those who are interested in going organic but may not know where to start, or for currently certified operations looking for more producers to source organic from. Each workshop helps assess how close an operation is to being organic and details the steps necessary to transition towards organic certification. Pam Strayer of Organic Wines Uncorked joined the recent Going Organic workshop in Rutherford, California, and recapped some key...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on grants, member news


Grocery

CCOF certified retailer Whole Foods Market is in the final countdown for selecting recipients of their Small Producer Grant. Small Producer Grant winners will get the opportunity to receive donations as part of Whole Foods Market's "5% Day" on June 10 when 5% of that day's net sales are donated. The national retailer expects to award about $5,000 to 40 local makers through this program. Recipients can use the money to buy ingredients, put a down payment on a delivery vehicle, or develop in any other way they see fit. CCOF is thrilled to see some of our certified organic members among the 60...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 18, 2015 on events, help and tips, marketing


Calendar

Did you know that ccof.org has an online submission for agricultural and organic events? The CCOF community calendar has trainings, webinars, and other opportunities for the organic industry. Partner organizations can submit their events for the calendar. Events are also highlighted in our weekly newsletter. It’s easy and fast! Share your event with our membership today.
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 4, 2015 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding


The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 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. CCOF is standing by to help members with documentation required by the state, including receipts for fees paid to CCOF and verification that you are certified. CCOF encourages all members to apply for the refunds; whether your operation needs the funds or not, applying...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, March 2, 2015 on CCOF, employment

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking various certification staff to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The people in these positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program. CCOF is one of the oldest and largest organic certification organizations in the U.S. and works to promote organic production through certification, education, and outreach programs. Our staff enjoys many benefits that make CCOF an excellent place to work. Our dog friendly office, proximity to the Pacific...

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