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Starting a Specialty Foods Business Course in Santa Clara, CA

California Food Producers’ Starting a Specialty Food Business Course will cover the basics of product development, food safety, processing options, marketing, and cost analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with university and industry specialists to learn the fundamentals of how to create a successful specialty food business.

Study Shows Organic Farming Reduces Nitrogen Pollution

The Organic Center released new research completed in collaboration with the University of Virginia showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. The study found that organic farming helps prevent nitrogen pollution by recycling three times more reactive nitrogen than conventional farming. 
 

Survey Seeks Input from Organic Handlers

A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, supported by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University, requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.
 

Survey: Promoting California Grown Specialty Crops at Trade Shows

Undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Kindra Fulton is conducting a research project on behalf of the College of Agriculture. The project focuses on promoting California grown specialty crops at trade shows. Fulton was born and raised in Salinas, California with deep ties in and a passion for the agriculture industry. 
 
Fulton has created a five-minute survey and is searching for respondents.

Thank You for Enriching the Organic Lifecycle in 2016

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,
 
It seems we say this every year, but it’s not a bad refrain to repeat: You enacted real change to better the organic community in 2016.
 

Trade Show Booth Registration and Sponsorship Packages Now Available

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production, supply chain, and support service providers. 
 

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.

Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Operations

Livestock

With wildfires and other natural disasters becoming more common, disaster preparedness is an important part of running a sustainable livestock operation. Join the CCOF Foundation on February 11 for a webinar that highlights best management practices that organic livestock operations can take to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This webinar will also review USDA risk management and disaster assistance programs that aid farmers and ranchers in recovering from a disaster after it has occurred.

Webinar on Pathways to Farm Ownership

Pathways
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn't make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business.

Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor for 2018 Organic Grower Summit

Organic Grower Summit

December 12-13, 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center

 
The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event. 
 

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