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As CCOF Grows, So Does Our Staff

CCOF has been growing rapidly in 2014. The rate of new applications has been high in addition to many requests for new service, acreage, or products. To ensure ongoing service and to meet your needs we are expanding our certification staff in both our Farm and Processing departments. We are delighted to have found a variety of bright and qualified individuals who will be introduced to you in the coming months. Also, look for new faces at upcoming events.

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Send Us Your Ideas! New Topics for Quarterly Magazine

As 2014 is quickly passing, our magazine team is busy planning the 2015 Editorial Calendar for Certified Organic magazine. We diligently fashion our magazine topics to best suit organic farmers, processors, and consumers.

Digging Into Local Organic Policy

Introduction
Kelly Damewood, CCOF Policy Director

David Lester, student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, recently completed a summer internship with CCOF. Over the course of two months, he completed an in-depth review of county regulations that may support or encourage certified organic agriculture. Read on for an interesting and worthwhile summary of his findings.

FarmsReach and CCOF Share Blog Resources

We’re excited to share blog resources with the FarmsReach community! Every two months, we will highlight a roundup of each other’s blog features.

Their most recent blog series focused on Labor & Worker Safety. Below is a summary of the practical information they shared. Enjoy!

Lewin and Agricultural Delegation Tighten Trade Relations with Mexico

CCOF is honored to have our President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, travel with Governor Jerry Brown's Mexico Trade DelegationThis trade mission was intended to address trade issues between California and Mexico. An agricultural delegation led by California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross, addressed important agricultural issues.

Get Your CCOF Gear at 25% Off!

CCOF is offering a special merchandise deal for the entire month of August. For those of you who are looking to start or expand your CCOF gear, this offer just for you!

Job Announcement: Three Organic Food Certification Specialists Needed

Due to internal promotions and expansion of the organization, CCOF has three openings in our organic farm/livestock programs.

Kelly Damewood is CCOF’s New Policy Director!

Kelly Damewood joined CCOF as Policy Director on July 14.

CCOF Certification Services President Appointed to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee

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.

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