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Intensive Grazing Prior to Harvest Intervals

Effective June 1, 2015, CCOF will require that orchards and other crops no longer utilize intensive grazing within 90 days of harvest of a crop where the edible portion does not touch soil or soil particles. This interpretation of existing raw manure restrictions is being phased in during 2015—with an expectation that growers update their practices and organic system plans by June 1, 2015—to ensure compliance during the 2015 production year and beyond.

Livestock Producers Should Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by October 1

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to livestock producers that suffered drought-related grazing losses on specific types of pastureland. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages eligible livestock producers to enroll in the LFP now. The USDA must reduce payments to producers who do not take action by September 30, 2014. 

CCOF FAQ: What materials (fertilizers and pesticides) can I use for organic farming and livestock?

Deciding what materials are allowed and not allowed, and what restrictions might apply can be a difficult and daunting task. CCOF understands this, and wants to make these decisions as simple as possible. Read though our FAQ “What materials (fertilizers and pesticides) can I use for organic farming and livestock?” for easy guidelines on what materials you can use. Learn how to inform CCOF you’ll be using them.

Animals Need Access to Soil, Not Concrete

CCOF believes that organic livestock standards should require humane and ethical treatment of animals during all stages of production, including transport and slaughter. CCOF, consistent with our mission and principles, has long advocated for NOP standards that ensure outdoor and soil access.

In December 2011, the NOSB unanimously passed a recommendation on Animal Welfare and Stocking Rates that capped off several years of work on these subjects. The NOSB recommendations were consistent with CCOF and other organizations’ recommendations.

Organic Milk IS Organic

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An article published in many online newspapers on March 20 exemplifies how misinformation about the organic label can spread quickly. In the article, titled "How California’s drought is changing organic milk and honey", Hoda Emam begins by saying "the milk you think is organic, isn’t. Not really." Ms.

Drought Effects on Livestock Survey

We at CCOF are concerned about the potential effects of the current severe drought on organic livestock operations in California and elsewhere. To help us better understand the situation, we are asking organic livestock operations to complete this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/drought_2014.

New USDA Microloans Expand Small Farm Finance Options

This post was written by Val Dolcini, State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California

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