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Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will honor three outstanding CCOF leaders at its upcoming annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 2018 during Natural Products Expo East. Javier Zamora of CCOF-certified JSM Organics will receive the Rising Star Award. Stephanie and Blake Alexandre of Alexandre EcoDairy Farm will receive the 2018 Organic Farmers of the Year award.  “These three deserving CCOF members are being recognized for their strong leadership within the organic sector. Javier and the Alexandres are exemplary organic farmers who share a deep...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, marketing

Dear CCOF members and supporters, In 2017, we helped 5,227 students and teachers get funding for organic education, helped 71 members engage with influencing policies for organic, and provided organic certification for 3,537 organic farmers and businesses—all with one focus: advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world.  CCOF’s fully organic focus is powered by the certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, and handlers who govern our organization. Their passion and dedication inspire us to continue seeking more ways we can work together to advance organic. Through CCOF’s...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, policy


State Board President Don Cameron, left, next to Governor Brown and CDFA Secreatary Karen Ross. Other meeting attendees included Rob Yraceburu, Wonderful Orchards LLC; Carolyn Wasem, Jackson Familiy Wines; David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company; Dan Sumner, UC Ag Issues Center; Mike Gallo, Joseph Gallo Farms; Aaron Lange, Lange Twins; Jonathan Hoff, Monte Vista Farming; Frank Muller, Muller Ranch; Rayne Thompson, Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company and Paul Wenger, Wenger Ranch. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Board of Food and Agriculture President Don Cameron joined a group of...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation supports students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has distributed over $500,000, impacting over 33,000 teachers and students. Our support for the next generation of organic producers is made possible by the generous support of our partners. One of our partners, Organic Valley, has supported the CCOF Foundation since 2014.  Organic Valley and CCOF have similar histories. CCOF began 45 years ago, when six farmers in the Santa Cruz, California area realized action needed to be taken to protect the...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new CCOF Big Valley Chapter President Kathleen Schwallie of Blue Egg Farm, new Chapter Vice President Alli Cecchini of First Generation Farmers, and new Chapter Board Representative Chad Crivelli of Live Oak Dairy. We would also like to thank Brad Samuelson, Bill Thompson, and John Lagier for their years of dedication and continuing support.  Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15 chapters. Chapters are the primary way that our members convey their issues and suggestions to CCOF. The 15 CCOF chapters...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Haleigh Jones

Photo: Haleigh Jones, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient You may have heard of the CCOF Foundation or our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund or Organic Training Institute. You can support these programs by donating to the CCOF Foundation!  Your support of the CCOF Foundation can help you make an impact in the future of organic.  By donating to the CCOF Foundation, you will support our education and hardship assistance grants, technical assistance trainings, educational programs and events, and consumer education initiatives. Your Foundation...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events


Photo Credit: Brianna Vereker Discretion Brewing, much like California Certified Organic Farmers, was founded around a kitchen table. Unlike CCOF’s first members who dreamt of creating an organic certification system, Rob, Kathleen, Lars, Brianna, and Dustin of Discretion Brewing dreamt of creating a business for their family to own and run together.  Discretion Brewing understands the power of beer to connect friends, family, and community members. In our fast-paced lives, it’s refreshing to find a business that encourages us to slow down and connect. Connect with us on Monday, August 6,...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 23, 2018 on policy, regulatory

The three California state cannabis licensing authorities released their proposed permanent regulations. Each licensing authority will accept public comments on their proposed regulations until 5:00 p.m. on August 27, 2018. California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing divisions’ proposed regulations cover cannabis cultivators. Written comments may be submitted to CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing via mail or email. Emailed comments should be submitted with the subject line “Comments on Cannabis Cultivation Regulations” to CalCannabisRegs@cdfa....
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 23, 2018 on biodiversity, financial assistance, funding

The state of California is offering $57 million in grants to help the food processing industry cut emissions and energy use. “This type of support not only helps the industry reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but it helps the industry remain competitive so jobs associated with food production remain in California,” said California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller in a news release. Food processing is one of largest users of energy in California, according to the California Energy Commission. That use included 7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 500...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, July 23, 2018 on chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new CCOF Central Coast Chapter President Javier Zamora of JSM Organics and new Chapter Secretary Lori Fiorovich of Crystal Bay Farms. We would also like to thank re-elected leaders, Toby Garrone of Far West Fungi, vice president; Christine Coke of Coke Farms, treasurer; and Grant Brians of Heirloom Organic Gardens as board representative.  Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15 chapters. Chapters are the primary way that our members convey their issues and suggestions to CCOF. The 15 CCOF chapters...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to produce high-protein-based organic poultry feed by raising crickets, meal worms, and earthworms. There is also another specialty market in crickets and meal worms for pet use, i.e., for lizards, small snakes, and other reptiles. This is a small scope project with a start of 1,500 insects. My parents own poultry to test products and record production differences between store pellets and my products. This Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be sustainable by selling my products to local poultry producers.   Congratulations Matt!   Please join us in congratulating the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 16, 2018 on advocacy, biodiversity, general organic

Greenpeace USA launched a campaign in January 2018 to protect California’s climate and combat the impacts of climate change. As we know, California is a unique state, especially in its important role as a major source of the nation’s food—the food that farmers help bring to our tables every day. The state’s farming community has been highly affected by our changing climate and experiences the negative consequences firsthand, from increased wildfires, mudslides, and smog, to more severe droughts and rising sea levels. Greenpeace understands that we must support our farmers and the agricultural...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 16, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


This is the second year that I received a Future Organic Farmer Grant for my National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) to raise organic market swine. I plan to buy a hog and enough organic feed to last me the length of my project, which is from March to July. I will go to any swine educations meetings my FFA offers and work with my teachers to learn more about organic agriculture, so I can expand my organic SAE.   Congratulations Laila!   Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, pests and pesticides

A blog entry written by Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, entomologist with Cooperative Extension Monterey County, reports that bagrada bug adults were found on shortpod mustard plants north of Soledad and near King City. While no nymphs or eggs were found, their offspring may be moving into adjacent cole crops soon.    Newly planted or early-stage mustard family crops are most at risk from bagrada bug damage. Dr. Del Pozo-Valdivia encourages PCAs to check crops that fit this description in areas surrounding Soledad and King City.   No bagrada was found earlier this season in the San Ardo area,...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, policy, standards

CCOF submitted a comment to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or GMO food labeling rule. The deadline for comments was July 3, 2018.   CCOF’s comment was rooted in the following principles, for which CCOF advocated in previous comments: Labels must have clear statements that include the term “GMO.” Electronic or digital links are not sufficient to communicate to consumers.  Protect the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations defining bioengineering and related terms.  Organic certification is sufficient to make a “not...

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