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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

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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.

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.

Apply by September 20 for Scholarship to California Small Farm Conference

Scholarship applications are now being accepted to attend the 30th annual California Small Farm Conference (CSFC), an educational and networking event for farmers, ranchers, and farmers’ market managers that will be held at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center in Stockton, California on October 29-30, 2017. 
 

Apply for the 2017 Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Awards!

Applications for California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA), are now being accepted until August 11, 2017. GEELA honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated voluntary contributions in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy.
 

Apply to Join USDA Trade Mission to Japan

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is accepting applications for an agribusiness trade mission to Japan on June 11-15, 2018. Applications are due April 13, 2018
 
CCOF encourages members exporting to or interested in exporting to Japan to apply. 
 

Asia Making Strides in Global Organic Food Market

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years. 
 

Assistance Available for California Producers to Aid Declining Monarch Butterfly

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California agricultural producers can voluntarily help the monarch butterfly on their farms and ranches through a variety of conservation practices offered by the USDA. 
 
“With the monarch butterfly’s western population in peril, we’re encouraging California producers to make simple tweaks on their farms that can go a long way for this iconic species,” said Carlos Suarez, state conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California.

Attendee Registration Now Open for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit

 
Organic Grower Summit
December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency Monterey
 
Only 22 booths remain available on trade show floor!
 Educational program, including session topics and speakers, to be released in the coming weeks.
 

Automated Weeder and Thinner Demonstration and Field Day to be Held May 21 in Salinas

The 2019 Automated Weeder and Thinner Demonstration and Field day will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the USDA Spence Research Field Station at 1572 Old Stage Road in Salinas. 
 
Automated technologies are helping fill the gap in the supply of labor that is occurring in the farming community. At this field day, weeders and automated lettuce thinners developed by a number of companies will be demonstrated on lettuce plantings.

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