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2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation's producers this week. The census response deadline is February 5, 2018.
 

2017: National Organic Coalition Issues Action Alert to Save Organic Cost Share

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) issued an action alert calling on organic advocates to urge their elected officials to support the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (Cost Share) and the Agricultural Management Assistance Act (AMA). 
 
CCOF highly encourages the organic community to rally in support of Cost Share and to follow the steps outlined in

2018 Farm Bill Becomes Law with Wins for Organic

Farm Bill
In late December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. Crucially, the farm bill includes provisions to authorize and fund the National Organic Program (NOP), the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), and other organic programs.
 
CCOF and our members worked hard to build support for organic priorities in the farm bill throughout 2018. The 2014 Farm Bill expired in September 2018 without a replacement bill.

A Bounty of Spring Chapter Meetings and Elections

Spring is a time of year that brings the joy of life to the forefront for all of us who work in agriculture. The CCOF Chapters have been buzzing with spring activity over the last month and two chapters conducted elections. 
 

A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

Note: This post was written on March 26, 2020.

A Conversation on Why Organic Matters with the Farm to Table Talk Podcast

I sat down with Farm to Table Talk host Rodger Wasson to discuss why organic matters with him. We dove right into CCOF’s Roadmap to an Organic California, a first-of-its-kind research project that investigates how organic is a solution to California’s toughest challenges.
 
From the climate crisis to economic and health inequities, I walked Wasson through organic’s role in addressing these issues, and more.

A First for the Fast Food Industry: The Organic Coup Will Add Ingredient Labels to Their Packaging, Providing Up-Front Information About Their Food to Customers

In an unprecedented move, the nation's first 100 percent certified organic fast food chain shakes up the industry with unrivaled ingredient transparency.
 
Fast food restaurant chain The Organic Coup, the nation’s first 100 percent certified organic chain, is once again upending the industry. 
 

A Practical Guide to Organic Crop Insurance Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar on December 10 that provides a practical introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option for diversified organic farms and ranches.

A Successful Organic Week in D.C.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. last month. Each year, the week includes events including the Organic Center’s Organic Confluences summit and OTA’s Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. CCOF member Dieter Schellenberg of Schellenberg Farms and other CCOF-certified producers attended Organic Week this year to share their organic farmer-perspective with their elected representatives.

Adding Cannabis Cultivation to Your Farm Could Impact Your USDA Loans and Payments

In light of California’s new recreational cannabis cultivation and sales allowances, some organic producers are considering adding cannabis cultivation to their operations. However, producers should be aware that USDA has a long-standing policy regarding cannabis production, which could impact grower’s eligibility for a range of USDA programs including Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and crop insurance. 
 

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