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California State Board of Food and Agriculture Seeking Public Input on California’s Water Future (Meetings in Redding and Fresno)

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is hosting a series of public forums to allow farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders opportunities to provide input on the California’s Water Future.
 
Public Forums on California’s Water Future
 
Redding – Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

Calling All Organic Consultants – Resources for You!

Are you an organic consultant? CCOF has resources for you and your clients. Our Support Resources area is a toolkit for gaining and maintaining organic certification. Be sure to check out our handy tips! 
 
As an organic consultant, you understand how crucial recordkeeping is to the audit trail. We have a series of templates for easy recordkeeping.

CASFS Grower Guide Release

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers  
 
A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.
 

CCOF & Demeter USA Dual Inspection Partnership

CCOF and Demeter are pleased to announce a partnership to offer dual organic and Biodynamic inspections for those clients that wish to be both. In recent weeks, Demeter and CCOF have been working diligently to align inspectors and their farm and processor inspection schedules to make dual inspections possible, thereby saving clients money and time.  
 

CCOF Board of Chair Phil LaRocca Awarded Farmer of the Year

Organic champion and CCOF Board of Directors chair Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards has been awarded the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Farmer of the Year Leadership Award!
 
LaRocca is a pioneering organic wine grape grower and winemaker who uses innovative, environmentally friendly farming practices to produce wines with no added sulfites. He became the first certified organic apple grower in 1975 and then transitioned to wine and grape growing.   
 

CCOF Bylaws Vote

To ensure that all CCOF-certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish new chapters. This fall, all certified members will have the opportunity to vote to amend CCOF’s membership bylaws accordingly. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these revisions to the bylaws.
 
About the Amendments
 

CCOF Chapter Leadership Opportunities

CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members from across the United States and Mexico. Chapter meetings serve as an outlet to voice challenges, share successes and advice, and strategize ways of advancing organic for a healthy world.

CCOF Comments on Proposed GMO Labeling Rules

CCOF submitted a comment to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or GMO food labeling rule. The deadline for comments was July 3, 2018.
 
CCOF’s comment was rooted in the following principles, for which CCOF advocated in previous comments:
  • Labels must have clear statements that include the term “GMO.” Electronic or digital links are not sufficient to communicate to consumers. 
  • Protect the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations defining bioengineering and related terms. 

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