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Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, July 19, 2021on

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) generally meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. These recommendations help the Department develop and refine the organic standards.

Based on input from the Board and members of the organic community, the NOSB currently plans to resume in-person meetings in October 2021, subject to federal, state, and local guidance on in-person meetings at that time.

The in-person meeting will be aired live online for those who are not able to travel. Should circumstances prevent an in-person…

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, July 19, 2021on

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). This one-time additional funding from the federal government to state departments of agriculture addresses COVID-19 impacts on the food system.

The SCBGP funds projects that improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations; local, state, federal, and tribal government entities; and public and private colleges and…

Written by Laetitia BenadoronMonday, July 19, 2021on

The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University has launched The Livestock Project to create tools and trainings for organic producers and veterinarians on organic animal health care.

The Center is conducting a national survey to understand the unique needs of organic dairy, beef, sheep, goat, swine, and poultry producers. The results will guide the development of tools and materials to help you keep your animals healthy and prevent disease. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete.

This survey is anonymous. It will not be linked in…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, July 19, 2021onlivestock

The Organic Foods Production Act created the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) as a tool for managing the substances used in organic production over time. In general, natural substances are allowed in organic, and synthetic substances are prohibited. The National List identifies the limited exceptions to these general rules. The National List also identifies nonagricultural and non-organic agricultural substances (ingredients) that may be used in organic handling. Changes to the National List require a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendation…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, July 19, 2021on

Please join the Central Coast region Irrigated Lands Program at one of the virtual workshops noted below to learn more about the newly adopted requirements for irrigated agriculture:

Agricultural Order No. R3-2021-0040, commonly referred to as Agricultural Order 4.0.

These workshops are free of charge and will be hosted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Attendees can use a computer or mobile device to view and/or listen to presentations and take part in a live question and answer session with Irrigated Lands Program staff.

Presentations will cover an…

Written by onTuesday, July 6, 2021onCCOF Foundation
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Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia believes community is the centerpiece to creating a vibrant, productive, and inclusive food system. That’s why he has embarked on an educational journey to learn a multifaceted and practical way of farming. Garcia first studied agricultural economics at Cornell and then decided he also wanted hands-on experiences to diversify his skill set. Beginning as an intern on a 5-acre organic farm, he has continued to expand his knowledge and educational goals to become a skilled and effective organic farmer–educator. “Gaining field-based organic agriculture experience through the…

Written by Guest BloggeronTuesday, July 6, 2021on

In the middle of California’s drought, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is meeting with landowners, tribal representatives, and agencies to assess resource concerns and offer assistance to farmers and ranchers, as well as forest and tribal land managers. Programs through NRCS include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the newest pilot program, EQIP-Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC).

“Although we still have CDC coronavirus-related health precautions in place for the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage you to…

Written by onMonday, June 28, 2021on
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Shroomshot

Is there such a thing as a magic elixir? We think so! Check out new CCOF members and brothers Shawn and Justin Dunn’s Shroomshot, a delicious, living probiotic elixir,  hand-crafted with pure extracts from the highest quality medicinal mushrooms.

With a passion and curiosity for foraging and some curiosity, brothers Shawn and Justin discovered the astounding medicinal properties of the fungi kingdom. It is now their mission to bring mushrooms to the world in ain the most fun, delicious, and impactful way.

Using extracts from the fruiting bodies of the lion’s mane and turkey…

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, June 28, 2021on
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North Coast Chapter Meeting

On Thursday, June 17 the CCOF North Coast Chapter hosted their annual chapter meeting at Preston Farm and Winery in Healdsburg, California. The meeting marked a return to in-person meetings for CCOF chapters after a year of virtual Zoom meetings. Current leadership for the chapter includes board member Genevieve Albers from Traditional Medicinals, President Grayson Hartley and Secretary Ken Blair from Preston Vineyards, and Vice President Laura Deyermond from Newton Vineyards.

A number of local CCOF members joined the meeting, which included introductions for new chapter leadership,…

Written by Jane SoobyonMonday, June 28, 2021on

The Organic Trade Association’s 2021 Organic Industry Survey reports that sales of organic products—including food and nonfood categories—grew by 12.4 percent in 2020 to total $61.9 billion in sales nationwide.

Citing market shifts that accompanied the closure of restaurants and food services due to the pandemic, OTA reported that online and grocery sales of fresh produce and staple foods—many of them completely selling out at times—drove organic food sales to a new high of $56.5 billion. OTA explains, “The primary reason organic purchases skyrocketed was because people have come…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, June 21, 2021on

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2021) -- Previewing his path forward for organic and pledging to elevate the significance and importance of organic agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the Annual Membership Meeting of the Organic Trade Association on Wednesday.

Speaking live at the virtual meeting to over 250 members of the trade association, Vilsack laid out a forward-looking agenda for the organic sector, including a vow to resolve the ongoing issue over USDA’s failure to implement a critical and fully vetted organic animal welfare…

Written by Jane SoobyonMonday, June 21, 2021on

Farmers, ranchers, nonindustrial forestland operators, and tribes are eligible to receive funding from a pilot program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that provides technical assistance and pays for adopting new conservation practices and maintaining existing conservation work. 

Applications must be filled out in-person at an NRCS office by July 12, so make an appointment today if you’re interested in…

Written by Rebekah WeberonMonday, June 21, 2021onpolicy, research
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Hot off the press: The Critical To-Do List for Organic Agriculture, published by the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems. This list of 46 recommendations spells out how the president can support organic and complements the recommendations for the state of California in CCOF’s Roadmap to an Organic California.  

The president’s to-do list includes thoughtful tasks to improve the governance of organic and bolster organic in …

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, June 21, 2021on

On June 15, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional federal aid for agriculture producers through the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. This program will fill gaps in the USDA's relief funds through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Of the $6 billion in new funds that will become available through programs implemented in the next 60 days, up to $20 million will go to organic cost-share assistance, including funds for producers who are transitioning to organic. This boost in cost-share…

Written by Laetitia BenadoronMonday, June 14, 2021on

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress to help America recover from COVID-19, includes $5 billion in farm debt relief for producers who are members of socially disadvantaged groups that have historically been subject to discrimination and underserved by U.S. government programs. Black/African American , American Indian, Alaskan Native, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander producers who have farm loans through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or private lenders with FSA guarantees are eligible for relief.

Socially disadvantaged farmers tend to operate…