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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.

Alcohol and Organic Farming – Methane, Frogs and Men on Mars

I was lucky enough visit Whisky Hill Farms and Blume Distillation this summer. I was blown away by the scope of this 14-acre certified organic farm. Not only are they the largest producer of domestic Turmeric, but they provide answers to the food waste dilemma by producing high grade commercial alcohol. I soon learned that everything that comes from the distillery goes right back into the farm!

Alice Waters, Carey Gillam, and More Speakers at the CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference

AliceWatters
Join us February 26-27 for the CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference–Organic Generation: The Next Era. You’ll hear from a host of inspiring speakers and presenters, including acclaimed chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters; investigative journalist and author of Whitewash Carey Gillam; CEO of the Ceres Community Project Cathryn Couch; and more.

Announcing the PSA Website – ¡En Español!

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) is very pleased to announce the availability of the PSA website and associated materials in Spanish at es.producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu!

Application Period is Open for Conservation Innovation Grants

National Program
 
The USDA is accepting applications for up to $12.5 million in grant funding for the adoption of innovative conservation projects on agricultural lands.

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