Written by Jon Knapp
on Monday, July 7, 2014
on advocacy, CCOF, export, international
On June 26, 2014 Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services President, was announced as one of the seven additional members to join the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in fruits and vegetables. The ATAC members were appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, with the intention of ensuring the commercial and economic interests of various agricultural sectors are properly reflected in U.S. trade policies.
Vilsack stated that agricultural trade committees are helpful when it comes to issues of trade relations and building...
Written by Jane Sooby
on Monday, June 23, 2014
on education, export, international
Learn how to grow your organic business by cutting the red tape of export requirements.
CCOF is partnering with the California Centers for International Trade Development to offer comprehensive training in exporting California specialty crops.
The course, CalAgX, consists of a series of six half-day sessions and will be held at three locations, Sacramento, Clovis, and Lancaster, starting August 5 and ending September 25 (see schedule). The program is aimed at businesses new to exporting.
CCOF Operations and International Programs Specialist Gamai Gregory will be presenting information on...
Written by Gamai Gregory
on Thursday, May 8, 2014
on Brazil, export, international
On April 29-30, 2014, three federal inspectors from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), and a USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Brazil Agricultural Marketing Specialist, toured CCOF-certified farms in the Davis, CA area. The tour was organized through the USDA Cochran Fellowship Program, with the help of CCOF’s Gamai Gregory and Sean Feder.
During their visit, the federal inspectors were guided through the U.S. Organic certification process, and CCOF programs and procedures. They visited the UC Davis Student Farm, hosted by Raoul Adamchak; and Dixon Ridge Farms, hosted by...
Written by Gamai Gregory
on Friday, January 10, 2014
on export, international, Japan
U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014
The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic product certified in either the United States or Japan may now be sold as organic in either market. See the USDA Organic Insider announcement for more details about the agreement, partnership resources, a Q&A, and other resources for exporting and importing.
With the equivalency agreement, restrictions on humic acid and lignin sulfonate no longer apply for products shipped to Japan, and CCOF no longer asks for documentation regarding the use of these materials. CCOF...