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Help Inform Organic Research Priorities

Organic researchers need your help in identifying the challenges that certified organic producers and transitioning organic producers face.

Help Produce and Food Safety Associations Develop Trainings on Cleaning and Sanitizing Best Practices

To better understand produce industry’s education and training needs on topics related to cleaning and sanitizing, the Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety invites you to take a short survey.

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:
 

How to Prepare for a FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspection in California

Is your produce farm subject to a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspection, but you aren’t quite sure what to expect?

Hydroponic Discussion at CCOF Board Meeting

The CCOF Board of Directors hosted a special discussion about hydroponic and container-based systems at their quarterly board meeting on February 18. 
 
Background
 
Over the last few years, disagreement has percolated throughout the organic community about hydroponic and container-based systems. Many organic producers feel frustrated that the National Organic Program (NOP) allows hydroponic operations to achieve certification because they believe that soil is essential to any organic production.

Innovative Direct Marketing Webinar for Farmers in Light of COVID-19

Direct Marketing
Innovative direct marketing can keep your farm business viable in fast changing times.

Javier Zamora of JSM Organics Hosts Farm Tour on the Central Coast

JSM Farm Tour
Last week, Javier Zamora of JSM Organics hosted Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)’s Legislative Assistant Riya Mehta, Melody Meyer of Source Organic, Cassandra Christine of the Organic Trade Association, and CCOF policy staff for a tour of his farm in Royal Oaks, California.

Join Senator Anna Caballero at the CCOF Foundation Reception in Sacramento

Anna Caballero
Photo provided by The CeresCourier.com
 
We root for farmers growing organic. We root for producers, packers, and shippers of organic. We root for getting organic in schools. And, we root for the policymakers who move organic agriculture to the forefront as a solution to climate change. Senator Anna Caballero has been a partner and champion in this effort, fighting for farmers, farmworkers, and facing climate change head on.

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