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Growers, Learn How to Add Jams and Other Value-added Products to Your Organic Certification

Value-added products can bring in extra income and add diversity to your market offerings. On December 11, the CCOF Foundation will host a webinar that reviews the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products—such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit—through the USDA National Organic Program. 
 

Growers: Take Survey and Help Level the Crop Insurance Playing Field

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is conducting a national survey of needs and attitudes about crop insurance. Confidential and anonymous, the survey takes just 20 minutes on any computer, smart phone, or other mobile device. It’s open to anyone who is farming and ranching commercially in the United States, and you’ll receive a $20 honorarium for your participation. 
 
Take the survey at www.ncat.org/cropinsurance.
 

Hardship Assistance for Organic Farmers & Producers

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are grave reminders of the increasing devastation invoked by natural disasters. Now more than ever, farmers need access to immediate and long-term assistance to prepare for and recover from disasters. Each year, CCOF makes grants available to organic producers, processors, and handlers who have suffered financial losses due to natural disasters.

HarvestPort Announces Full-Service Crop Input Procurement Service

HarvestPort is excited to announce HarvestPort INPUTS, a full-service crop input procurement service with many options for the organic grower community, and we want to earn your business.

HarvestPort Announces New Services in 2018

“We want to put another dollar in the pockets of farmers.”
 - Brian Dawson, Founder of HarvestPort
 

Healthy Soils Applications Due April 13

Applications for the Healthy Soils Program in both the Incentives and Demonstration program areas are due on April 13, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. PDT. Late submissions will not be accepted.
 
The Healthy Soils Incentives Program provides financial incentives to California farmers and ranchers to implement agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and improve soil health. Incentive grants are funded for up to $50,000 per grant.
 

Healthy Soils Program Funds Available for Farmers—CCOF Can Help!

CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program is now accepting applications for grants to farmers and ranchers who implement on-farm practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or store carbon in soil, trees, and shrubs. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2017. 
 

Herbicides in Irrigation Water

Herbicides in Irrigation Water

Protecting our CCOF-certified organic farm from external herbicide contamination has been an ongoing challenge. For over forty years, the Nevada Irrigation District (NID), our local water purveyor, has used herbicides to manage the unlined ditches that bring our irrigation water.

Highlights from the CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter Meeting

On April 12, 23 members of the CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter met at the Ag One Conference room at California State University, Fresno. 
 

House Ag Committee Releases First Farm Bill Draft

Last week the House Agriculture Committee released their first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Agriculture policy wonks across the country are reviewing the text and preparing for next steps. 
 
CCOF is pleased to see most of its top priorities included in the House draft:
 

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