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2016 California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Are you a California farmer, rancher, or forester committed to sound environmental stewardship? Know someone who is? Sustainable Conservation, Sand County Foundation, and the California Farm Bureau Federation are seeking nominees for the 2016 California Leopold Conservation Award.

Download the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 8.

2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation's producers this week. The census response deadline is February 5, 2018.
 

2017: National Organic Coalition Issues Action Alert to Save Organic Cost Share

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) issued an action alert calling on organic advocates to urge their elected officials to support the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (Cost Share) and the Agricultural Management Assistance Act (AMA). 
 
CCOF highly encourages the organic community to rally in support of Cost Share and to follow the steps outlined in

2018 Farm Bill Becomes Law with Wins for Organic

Farm Bill
In late December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. Crucially, the farm bill includes provisions to authorize and fund the National Organic Program (NOP), the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), and other organic programs.
 
CCOF and our members worked hard to build support for organic priorities in the farm bill throughout 2018. The 2014 Farm Bill expired in September 2018 without a replacement bill.

A Bounty of Spring Chapter Meetings and Elections

Spring is a time of year that brings the joy of life to the forefront for all of us who work in agriculture. The CCOF Chapters have been buzzing with spring activity over the last month and two chapters conducted elections. 
 

A First for the Fast Food Industry: The Organic Coup Will Add Ingredient Labels to Their Packaging, Providing Up-Front Information About Their Food to Customers

In an unprecedented move, the nation's first 100 percent certified organic fast food chain shakes up the industry with unrivaled ingredient transparency.
 
Fast food restaurant chain The Organic Coup, the nation’s first 100 percent certified organic chain, is once again upending the industry. 
 

A Successful Organic Week in D.C.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. last month. Each year, the week includes events including the Organic Center’s Organic Confluences summit and OTA’s Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. CCOF member Dieter Schellenberg of Schellenberg Farms and other CCOF-certified producers attended Organic Week this year to share their organic farmer-perspective with their elected representatives.

Adding Cannabis Cultivation to Your Farm Could Impact Your USDA Loans and Payments

In light of California’s new recreational cannabis cultivation and sales allowances, some organic producers are considering adding cannabis cultivation to their operations. However, producers should be aware that USDA has a long-standing policy regarding cannabis production, which could impact grower’s eligibility for a range of USDA programs including Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and crop insurance. 
 

Advertise in the 2018 Organic Directory at 2017 Prices!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2018 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Pricing will increase on October 1, 2017, so place your order now! 
 

Alcohol and Organic Farming – Food Waste and Energy Needs

Dave
I’ve been to a lot of farms in my day but have never witnessed one so profoundly bent on creating a closed loop symbiotic system as Whisky Hill Farms. This 14-acre CCOF certified organic farm cultivates tropical plants, heirloom vegetables and biorefined high grade commercial alcohol!  
 
I met David Blume, part innovative farmer and part mad scientist on a midsummer day.

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