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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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FSMA Basics for Produce Growers

New federal food safety regulations are starting to take effect. If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce for human consumption you may need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Compliance dates for some produce farms start at the beginning of 2018.

Does my farm need to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule?

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule has different compliance levels based on operation size and type.

GAP Welcomes Fair Farm Colorado, Its First Certified Egg Operation

Fair Farm Colorado, a CCOF member based in Longmont, Colorado, is the first egg operation to be certified to the Laying Hen and Pullet standards of the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), a comprehensive farm animal welfare standards program.

Get Organic News Delivered to your Mailbox—Subscribe to Certified Organic Magazine!

Each edition of Certified Organic magazine is packed with up-to-date information for the organic enthusiast, including engaging feature articles, client spotlights, certification news, advocacy updates, events, producer resources/tips, and more. Browse the most recent issue!
 
A $12 annual subscription to Certified Organic includes two beautiful, informative copies of the magazine delivered to your mailbox each year.

Get Your CCOF Gear at 25% Off!

CCOF is offering a special merchandise deal for the entire month of August. For those of you who are looking to start or expand your CCOF gear, this offer just for you!

Grimmway’s Jeff Huckaby Named OTA Farmer of the Year

Jeff Huckaby, president of CCOF-certified Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms, has received the Organic Trade Association’s prestigious Farmer of the Year award for 2020.
 
Huckaby is a fourth generation farmer who discovered a passion for growing organic carrots over 20 years ago when he first started experimenting with organic practices. He has since led the expansion of Grimmway and Cal-Organic’s organic production to more than 45,000 acres of certified organic vegetables in five states.

Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Food and Beverage Venues

California officials issued guidance regarding retail food, beverage, and other service venues. These venues bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase the transmission of COVID-19.
 
“These are aggressive, but necessary actions to protect our communities,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We all have a role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. These establishments that are remaining open should think creatively about how they can continue to provide services to the community.

Healthy Soils Program Open to Applications; Contact Your State Legislator to Support an Organic Transition Option

Healthy Soils Program Requests for Applications Released
 
Acknowledging the many benefits of improved soil quality, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) initiated the Healthy Soils Program in 2017, which offers grants to farmers and ranchers to implement new soil-building practices on their land.
 
CDFA recently opened the Healthy Soils Program for 2020 applications.

Help CCOF Create a Policy Roadmap for Organic

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.

Holiday Schedule at CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed for the holidays from December 26th through December 30th.

We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return.

Thank you for your support of organic in 2016! Happy holidays!

Holiday Schedule at the CCOF Office

Holidays
Thank you for your support of organic in 2019! 
 
As you gather close to family this time of year, CCOF staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed from December 24 through January 1.
 
We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return.
 
Happy holidays.

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