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Last Chance to Submit your Organic Survey!

CCOF strongly encourages all organic farmers to complete the 2014 Organic Survey.

In January, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed out the 2014 Organic Survey to organic farmers throughout the U.S. This is only the second time NASS has conducted this national survey; the last time was in 2008.

Last Day to Register for Foundation Feast at OGS

Ignacio Mendoza
Monday, December 2 is the final day to purchase tickets to attend the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit (OGS). If you’re attending OGS, you will not want to be without a seat to this beautiful event. 
 
The California Strawberry Commission recently produced this video about CCOF-certified organic farmer José Mendoza and his family.

Last Week to Purchase Tickets for the FSMA Workshop for Produce Growers in Pacific Grove, CA

Tickets for the CCOF Foundation food safety workshops in Pacific Grove, CA are going fast. While our workshop in English has sold out, there is still space left in our Spanish food safety workshop. Hosted on January 23 in conjunction with the 2019 EcoFarm Conference, the workshop meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers.

Learn How to Assess Crop Profitability for Farm Business Planning

Join the CCOF Foundation and Kitchen Table Advisors on October 29 for a webinar that dives into farm business planning from a crop profitability perspective. 
 
Build your crop plan with intention and an expectation to maximize your profits. This webinar will help you think about your crop mix’s ability to generate profit for your farm.

Learn How to Reduce Tillage and Reduce Time between Crop Sets on Large Acreage

Morales Conservation Tillage
Healthy soils are key to organic farming and reducing soil disturbance is a cornerstone to improving soil health. No-till methods have spread to vegetable production on some small farms, but how can larger acreage be farmed to minimize soil disturbance? 
 
A workshop on December 6 in Watsonville will highlight the conservation low-tillage methods and equipment developed by Israel Morales, voted Organic Farmer of the Year by the Organic Trade Association.

Let CCOF Help Certify Your Hemp

Hemp
In December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law after passage earlier in the month by Congress. The new laws contain many wins for organic, including funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Limited Number of Booths Left for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit

December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency Monterey
Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor for the Event

With only a few exhibitor booths left, The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event. 

Looking for Home Produce Delivery? Search CCOF’s Online Directory!

With the advent of shelter-in-place orders across the United States, many may be looking for new ways to access fresh produce.
 
CCOF’s online member directory allows you to search for organic farmers in your area. CCOF members are hard at work this spring, planting and harvesting healthy organic produce.

Managing Farm Finances Like a Pro

Join the CCOF Foundation this spring for a series of webinars geared toward the financial side of farming.
 
In our first webinar, Financial Planning 101 on May 23, Brett Melone from California FarmLink will delve into the details of cash flow management, business structures, and risk management tools to assist farmers in cultivating a financially sound farm business.
 

Managing Soil and Irrigation for Drought Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) on January 14 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time for a webinar that reviews techniques for managing soil and irrigation during times of drought. Find out how to use your water resource most efficiently and hear about managing soil for best water absorption and storage.
 
This webinar is very timely in the context of both the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and preparing for climate change and drought conditions.

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