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The CCOF Mexico Chapter Elects Leadership!

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new leaders of the CCOF Mexico Chapter: Board Representative Esteban Macias of Grupo U, President Sergio Salgado Vidal of Viñas del Sol S.A. de C.V., Vice President Paola A. Guerrero of San Jose y Su Agricultura, Treasurer Mariana Perez of Red Sun Farms, and Secretary Juan Escalante of Nature Sweet Bright/House Organics Invernaderos.

The Farm Bill: What's In It for Organic?

The feature article for the fall edition of CCOF’s Certified Organic magazine is now available online for ready reference, to download, and to print on demand. The article provides an overview of what’s in the farm bill, describes the political dynamics around the farm bill, and presents organic farm bill priorities. 
 

The Path to an Organic Future – CCOF’s 2018 Annual Report

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I write to you as CCOF’s new CEO. Since assuming the role in January, I’ve been continually inspired by CCOF’s many accomplishments over 2018, which you helped make a reality. I’m no stranger to the strength of CCOF’s incredible membership of organic farmers, professionals, and supporters, and I’m excited to harness the power of this unique community to continue laying the path to an organic future.

USDA Declares Intention to Withdraw Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

USDA published notice in the Federal Register this week that it intends to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule, which has been under development by the organic community for over a decade. The notice opens a public comment period that is open through Jan. 17, 2018.  Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov.
 

USDA Launches Organic Learning Center Featuring CCOF-Produced Content

Last week the National Organic Program (NOP) launched the Organic Integrity Learning Center, an online platform that will provide free organic education geared towards certifiers, inspectors, reviewers, and compliance specialists. CCOF-produced videos were featured in a lesson titled “Sound and Sensible Organic Certification.” These videos were produced with a grant from USDA’s Sound and Sensible initiative to ease the process of transition and certification for producers.

USDA Recognizes Certifiers for Outstanding Contributions to National Organic Program

2019 Investing in Integrity Award
Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker (center) with 2019 Investing in INTEGRITY award winners at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle, Washington. Pictured left to right: Jodi Snyder and Becky Scheifele of Global Organic Alliance, Sam Welsch of One Cert, and Phil LaRocca, Mary Chramiec, and Peter Nell of CCOF.

 

Visit CCOF at MOSES!

CCOF will be at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference this year in La Crosse, WI February 25-27! Come see us at the largest U.S. event for organic and sustainable farming. Bring your organic and food safety certification questions and enter to win one of our new hats! We will be in booth #702.

At the MOSES Conference you will learn new ways to improve your farm, discover resources and tools, make connections and find support. We look forward to seeing you there!

Visit CCOF at World Ag Expo!

CCOF will be at the world’s largest annual agricultural show February 9-11, 2016, in Tulare, CA! Come visit us at the 2016 World Ag Expo in Building C at booth 3619! We will be prepared to answer your certification questions and talk organic.

This is a “can’t-miss show” for producers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals, with over 1,500 exhibitors spread out over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vote Now and Help CCOF Accomplish its Mission

The voting period for amendments to CCOF’s membership bylaws is now open and ends October 2, 2017. 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. 
 
Why is this vote important?
 

Voto de los Estatutos de CCOF

Para asegurar que todos los miembros certificados por CCOF estén representados a nivel de la junta directiva, los miembros deben aprobar cambios en los estatutos de CCOF que permitirán a la junta establecer nuevas organizaciones locales. Este otoño, todos los miembros certificados tendrán la oportunidad de votar para enmendar los estatutos de CCOF como corresponde. En Septiembre, los miembros recibirán papeletas y materiales y tendrán 30 días para responder. Se requiere un quórum del 10 por ciento para promulgar estas revisiones a los estatutos.
 

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