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Organic Farming Systems in the Era of FSMA: Educational Sessions

The first of six educational sessions at the third annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) features a dive into the changing landscape of food safety on organic farms, and how the industry is complying with the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

Organic Hotspots in Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Mycological Natural Products
 

Organic Leaders Sought for State Organic Advisory Group

Since passage of the California Organic Food and Farming Act in 2016, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) has new responsibilities to support organic agriculture through education and outreach. COPAC’s traditional role, to oversee the State Organic Program and advise the Secretary of Food and Agriculture on organic issues, continues.
 

Organic Recordkeeping Webinar Series for Growers

Are you looking for new ideas to improve your organic recordkeeping systems? Are you curious about what digital recordkeeping options might be a good fit for your farm? Are you new to organic farming and want to find out more about the records you need to keep for organic certification? 
 
The CCOF Foundation and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are here to help!

Organic Seedling Production for Small Farms Webinar

Join UCSC Farm Garden Manager Christof Bernau for a webinar on organic seedling production and greenhouse efficiencies for small farms. 
 
This session will focus on the management of environmental conditions to optimize germination and development of high-quality transplants, with an emphasis on system efficiencies that can improve seedling quality and your bottom line.

Organic Trade Association Advances Court Battle to Defend Organic Standards

The Organic Trade Association asked the United States District Court to rule in its favor on its organic livestock welfare lawsuit against the USDA.

Organic Trade Association CEO Talks Organic Integrity on Dr. Oz

Television celebrity Dr. Oz hosted “the biggest names in the organic food industry” on a recent episode of his show that addressed consumer concerns about organic integrity.
 
Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association Laura Batcha was joined by Jill McIntosh of Kroger and Regina Beidler, an organic dairy farmer with the Organic Valley cooperative, to explain the rigor of organic standards and enforcement.
 

Organic Trade Association Farmstead Membership Available to CCOF Members

OTA Farmstead Membership
Join us in our efforts to promote and protect organic agriculture! CCOF members may be eligible for the $50 Farmstead Membership in the Organic Trade Association. Farmstead Members have direct access to Organic Trade Association resources and full voting rights.
 
The Farmstead Membership is reserved for reserved for small organic farmers with annual organic sales less than $250,000 who are also current members of one of the organizations affiliated with our Farmers Advisory Council, including CCOF.

Organic Valley Connects Consumers to Dairy Farmers Digitally

FAFO
In the age of information, consumers want to know where their food comes from. Was it grown locally? How long did it take to travel to my plate? How much fuel was used in its transport? As the internet and technological advances make it easier for consumers to find information, organic businesses and producers are becoming even more transparent about their supply chain.

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