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USDA Amends the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The Organic Foods Production Act created the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) as a tool for managing the substances used in organic production over time. In general, natural substances are allowed in organic, and synthetic substances are prohibited. The National List identifies the limited exceptions to these general rules. The National List also identifies nonagricultural and non-organic agricultural substances (ingredients) that may be used in organic handling.

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Five Reasons Why Organic Ranchers Are Essential to California’s Future

CCOF recently launched our “Meat Matters” Campaign with the goal of expanding meat processing capacity in California and advancing organic livestock production as a solution to California’s toughest challenges.

We started by asking: Why should California support ranching?

Here are just five reasons why we need ranchers more than ever:

Livestock Added to U.S./Japan and Canada/Japan Organic Equivalencies

The United States and Canada announced the expansion of their organic equivalency arrangements with Japan to include livestock products, effective July 16, 2020. This reduces costs and streamlines the process for anyone involved in the organic livestock supply chain by requiring only one organic certification. 

Calling All Organic Livestock Producers!

CCOF invites all organic livestock producers to share experiences, challenges, and needs related to organic livestock production, from market barriers to difficulties accessing certified organic processing plants, other infrastructure needs, and beyond. The CCOF Policy Team is researching solutions to top issues facing livestock producers, and we want to hear from you! We know that organic livestock producers are critical stewards of pasture and rangelands across the U.S. and that producers also face many unique challenges.

Letter from CCOF Chair and CEO on Hydroponics and Livestock Certification

Dear CCOF Member,

Transparency. Respect. The democratic process. We read these values out loud at every CCOF governance meeting, staff meeting, chapter meeting, and annual meeting. We remind ourselves of these values throughout the year because it takes diverse perspectives and collaboration to create a world where organic is the norm.

CCOF Launches Innovative Pasture Compliance and Feed Audit Inspection Program

To support organic integrity and ensure compliance with the National Organic Standards pasture rule for ruminant animals, CCOF is introducing a new Pasture Compliance and Feed Audit inspection program (PCFA). 
 
Background
 
On May 15, 2017, CCOF published a Certification News article titled “Dairy Grazing Season Clarification.” This notice reiterated expectations for certified operations, in addition to identifying areas where we planned to add additional focus on in the next year.

Dairy Grazing Season Clarification

To all CCOF-certified dairy producers,
 
We appreciate the incredibly hard work and dedication it takes to operate an organic dairy. 
 
Many of you are aware of media reports regarding pasture practices at a dairy in Colorado. We are not aware of any information beyond those reports. However, we are committed to maintaining consumer confidence in organic, and promise to do our part to ensure your hard work is not in vain.

Certification Requirements for Handling of Unpackaged Feed and Livestock

On January 22, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance 5031 “Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products.” This guidance is intended to address the concern that certain products have been moving through unregulated segments of the organic marketing chain.