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Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, November 26, 2012 on

The organic equivalent of “Got Milk?” may be on the way. Interest in creating an organic research and promotion order (or check-off program), which would generate between $30 and $50 million annually for organic research and promotion, is nothing new. But the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is taking a fresh approach to exploring this mechanism to boost U.S. organic sales. The approach first takes some old baggage off of the table by explicitly stating that an Organic Research and Promotion Program (ORPP) should support and not burden organic farmers: check-off assessments would not be made...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 19, 2012 on book review, CalCAN, policy

This book review was written by Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network. Part history text, part socio-political commentary and part call to action, Dan Imhoff’s new book offers something for everyone from the seasoned agriculture advocate to the newcomer on the food systems scene. “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill,” published just a couple of months ago by Dan’s company Watershed Media, comes just as the federal debate over the 2012 Farm Bill is heating up. The book is divided into three sections: Why the Farm Bill Matters; Wedge Issues;...
Written by Jake Lewin on Monday, November 12, 2012 on livestock, materials and inputs, services

From livestock to residues, unannounced inspections, and materials, CCOF is always trying to stay ahead of the curve. Have you heard about our Livestock Unannounced Compliance Initiative? The “LUCI” program was launched the 2008. This innovative program is leading U.S. organic certifiers in their approach to organic dairy inspections. In fact, the National Organic Program liked it so much that they asked CCOF to write about it for the April/May 2011 National Organic Program newsletter; check out page five. The LUCI program affirms the value of organic integrity initiatives and has taught us...