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Just in Time for the Holidays – New CCOF Merchandise!

Spread the holiday cheer by giving your favorite farmer or organic enthusiast the newest CCOF gear this season! We just added new hats to the shop to keep the sun out of your eyes in the field. Choose from our black trucker-style hat with a “Support Organic Farmers” patch, or our tan hat with the same slogan embroidered on the cap. Both hats are made in the U.S.A. with organic cotton, so they are gifts you can feel great about giving!

Kelly Damewood is CCOF’s New Policy Director!

Kelly Damewood joined CCOF as Policy Director on July 14.

Last Chance to Apply for Your Cost Share Refund

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.

Last Week to Vote - Let Your Voice Be Heard

The voting period for amendments to CCOF’s membership ends October 2, 2017. 
 
Thank you to all who have already voted! Your vote in this important matter helps us accomplish our mission.
 
If you haven’t already, please check your mailbox or email inbox for these important materials. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these revisions to the bylaws. The amendments to the bylaws will allow the board to form chapters to include currently unrepresented members, improve board operations, and support growth of the CCOF Foundation. 

Let CCOF Help Certify Your Hemp

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In December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law after passage earlier in the month by Congress. The new laws contain many wins for organic, including funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Lewin and Agricultural Delegation Tighten Trade Relations with Mexico

CCOF is honored to have our President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, travel with Governor Jerry Brown's Mexico Trade DelegationThis trade mission was intended to address trade issues between California and Mexico. An agricultural delegation led by California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross, addressed important agricultural issues.

Market Your Product or Service to More Than 4,000 Certified Organic Producers

CCOF 2020 advertising is now available for purchase, and there is still space for your ad!

Meet the CCOF Staff

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.

Northern California Fire Relief Efforts Update

CCOF is terribly saddened by the extensive and profound ways in which thousands of people have been affected by the fires. We are also inspired by the overwhelming compassion, community effort, and solidarity in the face of such adversity.  While we are working one-on-one with many affected CCOF clients—some of whom are experiencing severe to total losses—our hope for recovery continues to strengthen as we are also getting an incredible wave of people who are looking to help their fellow growers, producers, and ranchers.  
 

One Focus: Organic — CCOF's 2017 Annual Report

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.

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