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OFRF Releases New Report on Organic Farming and Climate Change

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) just released the eighth guidebook in their immensely popular Soil Health and Organic Farming Series. Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration examines research related to the capacity of sustainable organic systems and practices to sequester soil carbon and minimize nitrous oxide and methane emissions.

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CCOF's free "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are still available! This informational card will help educate consumers about what "certified organic" really means. Your customers will walk away knowing the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Cards come in packets of 50, limit two packets per order.

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Organic 101 Webinar for Small and Midsized Crop Producers

Are you interested in growing organically, but mystified by the organic certification process? 
 
Join the CCOF Foundation on Monday, October 14 for a webinar that will explain the benefits, costs, and steps of the organic certification process for growers who market directly to consumers. 
 
Some local producers grow and sell organic crops to increase their revenue.

Organic Certification 101 Webinar for Farmers’ Market Managers

Join the CCOF Foundation and the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets this summer for a series of webinars about organic certification geared specifically for farmers’ market managers. 
 
Our fist webinar—Organic Certification 101 on July 22—will review the basics of organic certification for farms and highlight organic best practices for farmers’ markets.

Organic Certification Cost Share Is Back! Get a Refund of Your Organic Certification Fees

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The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2019 applications!
 
All currently certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs paid between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. Eligible scopes are crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling.

Organic Certification Cost Share Is Back! Get a Refund of Your Organic Certification Fees

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2017 applications!
 
This means that 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. Beginning in 2017, operations located in California can also receive a refund of their State Organic Program registration fees. 
 

Organic Check-Off Efforts Continue with Voluntary Program

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is moving forward with a voluntary industry-invested organic research, promotion, and education program
 
OTA led efforts over the past couple years to create a national certified organic marketing order under USDA: GRO Organic. The program was initially proposed by OTA in 2015 and USDA released the proposed rule in 2017. Almost 15,000 public comments were received on the proposed rule.

Organic Farmer and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) Introduces Climate Bill for Agriculture

On February 26, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), an ambitious piece of legislation that proposes a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by 2040. The bill focuses on policy goals in the following six areas: increasing research, improving soil health, protecting existing farmland, supporting pasture-based livestock systems, boosting investments in on-farm energy initiatives, and reducing food waste.

Organic Farmers Sought for Interviews About Birds on Strawberry Farms

Ph.D. student Alejandra Echeverri is working in California’s central coast to understand how strawberry growers and managers of strawberry farming operations perceive birds on the farm. 
 
Specifically, Echeverri hopes to conduct in-person surveys with strawberry growers or managers to understand which practices they are using to attract birds to or deter birds from their farms. She also is interested to find out whether they see some birds as beneficial or pests on their farms.
 

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