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Take Action to Protect NOP Funding!

Support continued funding of the National Organic Program (NOP) by using the Organic Trade Association’s portal to contact your representatives and convey the importance of continuing strong NOP oversight over organic certification.
 

Thank You for Enriching the Organic Lifecycle in 2016

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,
 
It seems we say this every year, but it’s not a bad refrain to repeat: You enacted real change to better the organic community in 2016.
 

Thank You to Henry "Hank" Sharp for Years of Service to Organic

CCOF regrets to announce the passing of Henry “Hank” Sharp who was a on the CCOF Board of Directors for five years and a devoted advocate for organic. He hosted many annual dinners for the South Coast Chapter at his home.

The 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Agriculture at the Crossroads

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.
 
The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices. 
 

The Application Deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is Fast Approaching

Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2017.
 
All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding! 
 

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule: An Inspection Preview

FSMA
Food safety inspections on produce farms are beginning this month, but there are still questions as to what the first round of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspections will look like. The fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be regulating farms for the first time is concerning for many produce farmers who have never interacted with FDA before on a regular basis.

The Organic Center to Host Webinar: "How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change?"

The Organic Center will host a webinar titled How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change? on October 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and also on November 29, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
 
 

There's Still Time to Respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) needs a Census of Agriculture response from all the nation’s producers. In order to get an accurate representation of American agriculture—of all farmers and ranchers across the country—NASS will continue to accept completed census questionnaires through spring. 
 

There's Still Time to Respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) needs a Census of Agriculture response from all the nation’s producers. In order to get an accurate representation of American agriculture—of all farmers and ranchers across the country—NASS will continue to accept completed census questionnaires through spring. 
 

Thinking About Growing Organic Almonds? Now is a Great Time to Start!

According to the USDA, consumer demand for organically produced goods continues to show double-digit growth. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly three out of four conventional grocery stores. Almonds, always popular, are benefiting from this growth.
 

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