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Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 28, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, general organic

Vote in your chapter election to ensure your business has a voice in CCOF’s governance!  CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members across the United States and Mexico. Chapter leaders have the unique opportunity to leverage the collective power of CCOF’s membership and staff to advance organic. Supported by CCOF staff, chapter leaders share their passion and experience by setting the agenda for meetings and driving networking and educational opportunities for organic professionals and supporters. Chapter leaders are also instrumental in galvanizing organic advocacy...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 28, 2019 on food safety, general organic

Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a needs assessment report released today by National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) and Cornell University. The publication is the result of a multi-year, two-tiered effort. It includes findings from a needs assessment survey, which was designed to determine the food safety practices, knowledge, attitudes, barriers, and needs of local producers, with a particular focus on food...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 28, 2019 on advocacy, biodiversity, general organic, grants, water

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a competitive grant program that incentivizes farmers to invest in irrigation water and energy efficiency. Agricultural operations can apply for up to $100,000 for projects that involve improvements to irrigation systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant, or weather sensors; micro-irrigation systems; pump retrofits or replacements; renewable energy; and...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF, general organic

My day starts with a bike ride along Santa Cruz's foggy coastline. At the CCOF home office, Erica and Lucia say hello as I walk my bike into our open office space. I pass the policy and marketing teams who joke with one another as they prepare for their morning meetings. I smile at the office dogs who look up to see if I might give them a little attention.   I put my bike away and note the pictures of smiling grantees from our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. They stand in a colorful organic flower field at the University of California, Santa Cruz farm, which served as a training ground for...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, general organic, help and tips


Join the CCOF Foundation and Kitchen Table Advisors on October 29 for a webinar that dives into farm business planning from a crop profitability perspective.  Build your crop plan with intention and an expectation to maximize your profits. This webinar will help you think about your crop mix’s ability to generate profit for your farm. Our speaker, David Mancera of Kitchen Table Advisors, will review The importance of understanding a crop’s price-volume relationship,When to begin thinking about crop profitability,Information needed to understand crop profitability,An example of enterprise...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

Are you an organic consultant? CCOF has resources for you and your clients. Our Support Resources area is a toolkit for gaining and maintaining organic certification. Be sure to check out our handy tips!  As an organic consultant, you understand how crucial recordkeeping is to the audit trail. We have a series of templates for easy recordkeeping. CCOF also has an array of logos and labeling resources for domestic and foreign markets at your disposal. Additionally, our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide details on everything from getting started to determining what inputs can be used. ...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Jacob Pechenik, photographed by Claire Schaper

Photo credit: Claire Schaper and Max Wanger Jacob Pechenik of The Farm Project and Lettuce Grow will keynote the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit. Save seats for you and your team today!   On Wednesday, December 4, the CCOF Foundation will celebrate the collaborative effort to advance organic for a healthy world. Since 2014, the Foundation has granted more than $600,000 to the next generation of organic farmers and producers, nearly $100,000 to organic businesses that have experienced hardship, trained thousands of professionals through the Organic Training Institute, and...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 on CCOF, chapters, general organic

CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members from across the United States and Mexico. Chapter meetings serve as an outlet to voice challenges, share successes and advice, and strategize ways of advancing organic for a healthy world. Several chapters are gearing up for another peak in activity with the election cycle just around the corner, a process that occurs once every three years for each chapter.  CCOF is looking for leaders to step up and play a critical role in local governance, and we encourage you to respond to your chapter’s call for leadership nominations. The...
Written by Lulu Garcia on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

CCOF 2020 advertising is now available for purchase, and there is still space for your ad! Get your product or service in front of over 4,000 certified organic producers and members of the organic sector. CCOF’s Certified Organic magazine and our Organic Directory & Resource Guide are distributed to all CCOF certified members, affiliate agricultural organizations, government and regulatory officials, committee representatives, organic inspectors, and individuals and businesses who help us grow organic. Our magazines feature organic and agricultural news, stories about certified organic...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 7, 2019 on advocacy, general organic, policy, regulatory

On October 1, 2019 USDA reopened the Origin of Livestock proposed rule for additional comments. The proposed rule was closed by USDA in 2015 without notice but was reopened for a new 60-day comment period. Comments can be submitted until December 2 to Regulations.gov using docket number AMS-NOP-11-0009-1572.  CCOF highly encourages members to submit comments on the proposed rule. It is important that both dairies that came under certification before and after the initial 2015 proposed rule submit comments. USDA notes that commenters who submitted comments in 2015 need not to resubmit comment...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 7, 2019 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, NOSB, policy

Last week CCOF submitted eight written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of their fall 2019 meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The meeting will occur Wednesday, October 23, through Friday, October 25.  NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice a year to provide recommendations on substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and the organic standards. At their spring meeting earlier this year, NOSB began their 2021 Sunset Review process and will complete the reviews of the substances in...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 on CCOF, cost share, funding, general organic

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, 2018 and September 30, 2019 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2019. 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 scope of organic certification. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding!  To...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, general organic, policy, research

Earlier this year, CCOF Foundation launched the Roadmap to an Organic California project to highlight how organic farming addresses many of California’s toughest challenges. From climate change and water degradation to public health threats and struggling local economies, organic agriculture is a proven solution.    The Benefits Report presented over 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies showing how organic agriculture positively impacts the economy, society, and the environment. These studies demonstrate that organic farms are combatting climate change by building healthy soils that store...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

Are you interested in growing organically, but mystified by the organic certification process?  Join the CCOF Foundation on Monday, October 14 for a webinar that will explain the benefits, costs, and steps of the organic certification process for growers who market directly to consumers.  Some local producers grow and sell organic crops to increase their revenue. Other farmers find the USDA organic seal a convenient way to communicate their farm’s commitment to sustainable growing practices to their customers. Our webinar speaker, Rebecca Silver of CCOF Certification Services, will highlight...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, policy


Karen Klonsky Ecuador B

Dr. Karen Klonsky spent a lifetime championing organic. The CCOF Foundation will honor her work and spirit at the CCOF Foundation Feast on December 4 at the Organic Grower Summit.  Klonsky was a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). For 35 years, Klonsky collaborated with both Californian and international agricultural stakeholders. She is said to have had a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues, bringing a dynamic range of perspectives and unique experiences to offer in...

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