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July 21, 2020

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp and hemp derivatives with <0.3% dry weight THC content.…
April 22, 2019

Dear CCOF Member, Transparency. Respect. The democratic process. We read these values out loud at every CCOF governance meeting, staff meeting,…
January 28, 2019

The National Organic Program requires that producers search for organic strawberry starts prior to using non-organic starts. CCOF is aware that…
July 10, 2017

Costco Wholesale has released their updated Produce Food Safety Audit Expectations, and there are changes that will affect the CCOF-certified…
May 15, 2017

This notice has been replaced by the policy announced on April 19, 2021. Learn more. On May 11, 2017, CCOF Certification Services notified handlers…
May 15, 2017

To all CCOF-certified dairy producers,   We appreciate the incredibly hard work and dedication it takes to operate an organic dairy.    Many of…
February 7, 2017

This year, CCOF is working with clients, the National Organic Program (NOP), and others to improve organic standards in a variety of ways. In…
August 24, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the actions it is taking to address a recent federal court ruling that invalidated the…
April 6, 2016

In recent years we have seen an increase in the number and complexity of container-based agricultural production systems. These production systems…
August 31, 2015

El 21 de agosto de 2015, CCOF fue reconocido por el gobierno mexicano como un organismo de certificación aprobado bajo los recientemente…
August 31, 2015

On August 21, 2015, CCOF was recognized by the Mexican government as an approved certification body under the recently implemented Mexican Organic…
May 13, 2015

CCOF has recently revised important sections of the CCOF Certification Program Manual. These changes include the following:
May 13, 2015

Effective June 1, 2015, CCOF will require that orchards and other crops no longer utilize intensive grazing within 90 days of harvest of a crop where…
May 4, 2015

The Mexican government recently published a notice of proposed extension for full implementation of the Mexican standards. The proposed extension…
May 4, 2015

El gobierno de México recientemente publicó una noticia de propuesta prórroga para la implementación completa de los estándares orgánicos mexicanos.…
January 5, 2015

CCOF continúa trabajando para obtener la aprobación como una organización de certificación orgánica bajo las nuevas regulaciones de Mexico con Luis…
January 5, 2015

CCOF’s work to obtain approval as a certification body under the new Mexican organic standards continues with the selection of CCOF local…
October 14, 2014

On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published instruction 4012 “Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word ‘Organic’.” This…
June 26, 2014

As described in our blog post “CCOF Focused on Moving Organic Forward”, CCOF will be expanding GMO testing within the Periodic Residue Testing…
June 16, 2014

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency…
April 10, 2014

Updated May 14, 2014: On February 13, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) released Instruction Document 4009: Who Needs to be Certified, and…
January 15, 2014

As concerns about Asian citrus psyllid have increased, we are making an effort to update our process for addressing mandated applications of…
January 8, 2014

En Español - Finalización de los Acuerdos Orgánicos de Mexico.
November 6, 2013

The USDA has published Final Rules that, effective November 3, 2013, update the USDA organic regulations. These three changes are about materials…
October 18, 2013

We have made some substantial changes to our Certification Services Program Manual. These changes affect all CCOF clients, and you will be asked on…
June 14, 2013

In the last six months CCOF has been in an ongoing dialogue with the National Organic Program (NOP) and USDA about issues we see in the certification…
March 14, 2013

UPDATE: THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE VERSION PUBLISHED IN OUR E-NEWSLETTER ON 3/11/13 On February 28, the NOP issued a final guidance on Seeds, Annual…
January 28, 2013

In October 2012 CCOF notified clients that all package labels for organic products must state "Certified Organic by CCOF" BELOW the name and contact…
December 11, 2012

Drought conditions across the United States have had serious impacts on organic livestock producers, both in terms of the ability to graze on…
December 11, 2012

Sodium (Chilean) nitrate is currently allowed for use only so long as it is not more than 20% of the crops total nitrogen needs. This material is…
December 11, 2012

Earlier this year, the National Organic Program published a final rule renewing over 200 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited…
December 11, 2012

2012 has been a year of change for the export regulations between the U.S. and the EU for organic products. In 2012, the EU and U.S. signed an…
December 11, 2012

On June 12, 2012, the TTB announced that a copy of the organic certificate is no longer required to accompany any Certificate of Label Approval (…
December 11, 2012

A recently released NOP notice may require you to take action! Please review the labeling changes carefully and contact us at ccof@ccof.org or (831)…
August 6, 2012

This image appears in the CCOF Certification Program Manual. It helps you understand the certification process and what to expect each year. While we…
April 26, 2012

Please be aware that effective March 5, 2012, CCOF has modified “CCOF Manual One: A Guide to CCOF Certification” to more clearly define “clients” and…
April 26, 2012

CCOF EU Standards and GMA Program Webinar: April 19, 2012. Learn about the new agreement, market opportunities, how to save time and money within the…