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USDA Recognizes Certifiers for Outstanding Contributions to National Organic Program

2019 Investing in Integrity Award
Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker (center) with 2019 Investing in INTEGRITY award winners at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle, Washington. Pictured left to right: Jodi Snyder and Becky Scheifele of Global Organic Alliance, Sam Welsch of One Cert, and Phil LaRocca, Mary Chramiec, and Peter Nell of CCOF.

 

USDA Removes Eight Substances off National List and Renews Three Others

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released their 2017 Sunset final rule. The rule removes three synthetic substances and five non-organic agricultural substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) and renews three other substances. 
 

USDA Reports on Farm Bill Implementation

USDA issued an update on its progress in implementing provisions of the new farm bill, which was signed into law December 2018. Here are some highlights:
 
TITLE I – Commodity Programs
  • Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy): On March 22, 2019, Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program in 2018 can now retroactively participate in the MPP-Dairy for 2018.

USDA Seeking Organic Producers to Serve on NOSB

USDA is accepting nominations for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The deadline to submit nominations is May 17, 2019.
 
Nominations must include a resume and an AD-755 Application form, and must be postmarked on or before May 17, 2019.

USDA Terminates Organic Check-Off

USDA announced the termination of the rulemaking process for the national certified organic marketing order. The marketing order was commonly known as the organic check-off. USDA reported that the rulemaking process was terminated because of “uncertain industry support and outstanding substantive issues with the proposed program.”
 

Value of California Organic Processed Products Reaches $11.65 Billion

The latest report from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on organic processed products shows that gross sales were $11.65 billion in 2017. This represents 17 percent growth from 2016, when organic processed product sales were $9.94 billion.
 

Voto de los Estatutos de CCOF

Para asegurar que todos los miembros certificados por CCOF estén representados a nivel de la junta directiva, los miembros deben aprobar cambios en los estatutos de CCOF que permitirán a la junta establecer nuevas organizaciones locales. Este otoño, todos los miembros certificados tendrán la oportunidad de votar para enmendar los estatutos de CCOF como corresponde. En Septiembre, los miembros recibirán papeletas y materiales y tendrán 30 días para responder. Se requiere un quórum del 10 por ciento para promulgar estas revisiones a los estatutos.
 

Webinar on FSMA Basics for Small to Medium-Sized Produce Farms

Not sure what the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means for your small or medium-sized organic farm?

Webinar on Pathways to Farm Ownership

Pathways
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn't make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business.

Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor for 2018 Organic Grower Summit

Organic Grower Summit

December 12-13, 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center

 
The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s 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. 
 

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