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Our Organic Hotspot Close to Home: California

Blue House Farm in Pescadero, California
 

Out-of-State Sales Now Taxable in Some States

Organic seed producers and companies making out-of-state sales may be impacted by the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The decision allows states to charge sales tax on out-of-state purchases, even if the seller does not have a physical presence in the taxing state.

Pacific Southwest April Chapter Meeting Highlights

On April 10, 33 members of the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter met at the Fallbrook Public Library. 
 

President of CCOF Certification Services Speaks on Organic Import Panel at NOSB Meeting

CCOF Certification Services LLC President Jake Lewin presented on an expert panel discussing organic imports at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The panelists discussed oversight of organic imports and tracking organic products throughout the supply chain. 
 
“We have feasible, clear steps that we can take to shore up certifier oversight of imports and allegations of fraud,” said Lewin in his opening remarks. 
 

Proposed Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at CSU Fresno

The CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter is working with Fresno State Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and other stakeholders to develop an Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at Fresno State
 
The proposal to develop this certificate program states:
 
Over the past several years there has been considerable interest in expanding our faculty

Proposed Regulations Open Industrial Hemp Cultivation in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced proposed rulemaking on updated industrial hemp cultivation regulations for California. The updated regulations establish a registration fee for commercial industrial hemp cultivators and allow for California farmers to begin hemp cultivation. 
 
Written comments will be accepted on the updated regulations until 5:00 p.m. on December 24, 2018.

Regenerating Soil Health Focus of EcoFarm Conference 2018

The Carbon Farming Revolution will command front and center attention at the 38th EcoFarm Conference on January 24 through 27 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Owing to unstable climates, carbon has been getting a bum rap of late, quite undeservedly so. Most of us farmers are unaware that carbon—and its management—is the most critical element in our farming systems, probably because we don’t purchase carbon in a sack like we do N-P-K.

Register Now for the Organic Hotspots Conference

Sacramento, February 22-23

Reminder! Scholarships Available for CCOF Members to Attend NOSB Meeting in St. Paul

CCOF is committed to helping producers attend National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings by providing scholarships to cover the costs of travel and lodging. 
 
Scholarships are currently available for the upcoming NOSB meeting in St.

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