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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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Sean Feder Appointed to State Organic Advisory Board; Meeting Scheduled During EcoFarm

CCOF’s Director of Inspection Services Sean Feder has been appointed by California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross to the alternate certifier seat on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC).
 
COPAC advises the secretary on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state. The committee is comprised of 15 primary members plus alternates for each seat. 
 
Term limits opened up a number of primary producer seats that were filled with alternate members.

Senate Ag Committee Includes Origin of Livestock Rule in Appropriations Bill

Last week the United States Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020. In the bill, USDA is required to issue the Origin of Livestock rule that incorporates public comments from the proposal rule within 180 days of the bill becoming law.

Senate and House Committees on Agriculture to Discuss Organic and Specialty Crops

Both the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the United States House Committee on Agriculture have busy weeks with key farm bill hearings scheduled. On July 13, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Serve the Organic Community on CCOF’s Certification Management Committee

Are you a member of the organic food industry, but not certified by CCOF? Do you want to get involved with CCOF at the governance level? Are you a CCOF member who knows someone who may fit these criteria?
 
The CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting.

Serve the Organic Community on the National Organic Standards Board!

The deadline for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is quickly approaching!
 
USDA is seeking:
An environmental protection and resource conservation expert
An organic farmer representati

Serve the Organic Community on the National Organic Standards Board!

The deadline for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is quickly approaching!
 
USDA is seeking:
Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals

Serve the Organic Community through CCOF’s Certification Management Committee

The deadline is coming up to apply for a seat on CCOF’s Certification Services, LLC Committee. This is your chance to contribute to the organic community. CCOF members, this is your opportunity to help us recruit someone you trust to oversee your certification business! Applications are due October 11.
 
The CCOF Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting.

Sign-Ups for Direct Payments Now Open

Producers whose international sales have been negatively impacted by trade tariffs are eligible to enroll in the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), part of the Trade Mitigation Package that will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers nationwide. 
 
Sign-ups began July 29, 2019 and will continue through December 6, 2019. Payments will be based on 2019 planted acres with some additional restrictions.

Sitio Web de la Alianza (Produce Safety Alliance) – ¡En Español!

¡Produce Safety Alliance se complace en anunciar la disponibilidad de su sitio web y materiales asociados en español! El nuevo sitio web en español es un repositorio de materiales educativos, actualizaciones de la Norma de inocuidad de los productos agrícolas frescos de FSMA, información sobre el instructor e instructor líder de la Alianza y datos de contacto del equipo de la Alianza y sus colaboradores.

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture

President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture, George Erwin “Sonny” Perdue III has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office. As head of USDA, Secretary Perdue oversees the National Organic Program.

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