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Sustainable Produce Packaging Highlighted in Upcoming Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation on October 20 for a webinar that highlights how to create beautiful displays with pre-packed produce that draw in customers and keep them moving through your farm stand or farmers’ market stall.

Take a Tour of Tanimura & Antle's Housing for Farmworkers

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Tanimura & Antle is leading the way in setting an industry standard for housing by providing modern, quality housing for its farmworker staff. In California, housing is an issue for all industries.

Take Action to Defend Organic Standards and Animal Welfare

In December, the USDA quietly announced its intention to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (OLPP). OLPP is the product of a 14-year democratic rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board to advise the National Organic Program (NOP). However, since NOP released the final rule in early 2017, USDA continuously impeded its implementation and now is shelving the standards.
 

Take Action to Protect NOP Funding!

Support continued funding of the National Organic Program (NOP) by using the Organic Trade Association’s portal to contact your representatives and convey the importance of continuing strong NOP oversight over organic certification.
 

Take Action to Save Organic Cost Share

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that they are reducing reimbursement rates for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Congress set the current reimbursement rates in the 2018 Farm Bill at 75 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $750 per scope. FSA plans to lower the rate to 50 percent of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope.

Take Action to Support Origin of Livestock Rulemaking

Now is the time to support the implementation of the long-overdue Origin of Livestock proposed rule. The rule would ensure clear and enforceable requirements for the sourcing of organic dairy herds by requiring new dairy animals to be managed organically from at least the last third of gestation. The organic community has advocated for this rule for many years. Inconsistent interpretation of the current rule has put some farmers at a disadvantage in an already struggling industry. On October 1, 2019, the USDA reopened the rule’s public comment period.

Thank You for Enriching the Organic Lifecycle in 2016

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,
 
It seems we say this every year, but it’s not a bad refrain to repeat: You enacted real change to better the organic community in 2016.
 

Thank You to Henry "Hank" Sharp for Years of Service to Organic

CCOF regrets to announce the passing of Henry “Hank” Sharp who was a on the CCOF Board of Directors for five years and a devoted advocate for organic. He hosted many annual dinners for the South Coast Chapter at his home.

Thank You, Bill Reynolds and Eel River Produce!

CCOF shares a big appreciation to Bill Reynolds of Eel River Produce in Humboldt County for his expertise in seed breeding and commitment to organic agriculture.

The 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Agriculture at the Crossroads

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.
 
The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices. 
 

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