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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

Hemp
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.

Look Out for a New Rule that will Significantly Change the National Organic Program

The Policy Team and Certification staff are gearing up for the release of proposed changes to the National Organic Program (NOP). While the official rule, called the Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule, is not out yet, the NOP has released a pre-published draft and other resources on their website.

Looking for Home Produce Delivery? Search CCOF’s Online Directory!

With the advent of shelter-in-place orders across the United States, many may be looking for new ways to access fresh produce.
 
CCOF’s online member directory allows you to search for organic farmers in your area. CCOF members are hard at work this spring, planting and harvesting healthy organic produce.

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.

National Organic Program Honors CCOF Certification Services

NOP Honors CCOF
CCOF Certification Services was honored by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) with two awards at the Accredited Certifiers Association training in San Antonio, Texas this week.
 
CCOF received the Investing in INTEGRITY award, which recognizes CCOF for its contributions to the Organic INTEGRITY Database and recognizes CCOF’s commitment to providing accurate, timely, and comprehensive data reporting to the INTEGRITY database.

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