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Pacific Southwest April Chapter Meeting Highlights

On April 10, 33 members of the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter met at the Fallbrook Public Library. 
 

Personal Trabajando Desde Casa y Oficina de CCOF Temporalmente Cerrada

La oficina de CCOF en Santa Cruz, California, está temporalmente cerrada, con vigencia inmediata.

Phase Two of the Roadmap to an Organic California Begins

The CCOF policy team is in the midst of researching and writing recommendations for the second phase of the Roadmap to an Organic California project. The project presents the research-supported benefits of organic agriculture  and recommends policies that address California’s toughest challenges.

President of CCOF Certification Services Speaks on Organic Import Panel at NOSB Meeting

CCOF Certification Services LLC President Jake Lewin presented on an expert panel discussing organic imports at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The panelists discussed oversight of organic imports and tracking organic products throughout the supply chain. 
 
“We have feasible, clear steps that we can take to shore up certifier oversight of imports and allegations of fraud,” said Lewin in his opening remarks. 
 

Produce Safety Alliance Factsheet on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Documentation Requirements for Commercial Soil Amendment Suppliers

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, growers using a treated Biological Soil Amendment of Animal Origin (BSAAO), such as compost, are required to keep documentation that the amendment was properly treated, handled, and stored before being applied to a produce field. This documentation is especially important as growers prepare for FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance and inspections. Though FDA does not have jurisdiction over companies that supply treated BSAAOs, suppliers should be prepared to provide this documentation to growers as needed.

Proposed Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at CSU Fresno

The CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter is working with Fresno State Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and other stakeholders to develop an Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at Fresno State
 
The proposal to develop this certificate program states:
 
Over the past several years there has been considerable interest in exp

Proposed Regulations Open Industrial Hemp Cultivation in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced proposed rulemaking on updated industrial hemp cultivation regulations for California. The updated regulations establish a registration fee for commercial industrial hemp cultivators and allow for California farmers to begin hemp cultivation. 
 
Written comments will be accepted on the updated regulations until 5:00 p.m. on December 24, 2018.

Rabo AgriFinance Designs Industry’s First Organic Transition Loan Offering

Rabo AgriFinance has announced a new loan product that can make it more financially viable for farmers to seek organic certification on all or part of their crop operations.
 
With guidance from Pipeline Foods, Rabo AgriFinance has developed a financial framework that gives farmers the flexibility to receive the capital needed for upfront costs associated with changing production practices.

Read Author Jonathan Franzen’s Homeless Garden Project Keynote Speech

Santa Cruz local and author Jonathan Franzen presented the keynote talk at CCOF member the Homeless Garden Project’s August 24 Sustain Supper. You can now read his speech in The New Yorker!
 
About the Homeless Garden Project, he said, "In Santa Cruz, where I live, there’s an organization called the Homeless Garden Project. [. . .] It can’t 'solve' the problem of homelessness, but it’s been changing lives, one at a time, for nearly thirty years.

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