materials and inputs

Materials List Improvements

To save you time and money, your Materials List in MyCCOF is now grouped by type of material, instead of only being grouped by scope. This means that all fertilizers or additives are grouped together instead merely listed alphabetically.

New this year, you can also use MyCCOF to export an Excel compatible list for your own use. Simply visit your Materials List in MyCCOF and click the Excel icon.

Materials List Improvement

Your Materials List is now grouped by type of material, instead of only being grouped by scope. For example, all fertilizers will be in one section, and all pest control materials another. This change should help you identify the materials that are approved for use more quickly and easily! Look for the change when you receive your next updated materials list from CCOF. Remember that you can also view, manage, and print your own list in MyCCOF

Help Shape Organic Standards!

Now is the time to share your story and help shape the future of organic. Two times a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites all members of the public to submit comments on what the organic standards should include and exclude.  

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)—a committee of certified organic farmers, processors, and other representatives—review the public comments. Then, the NOSB recommends changes and adjustments to the USDA.    

California Releases Draft Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program

CCOF encourages you to review California’s proposed plan for invasive plant pest management. A draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) describing the plan is open for comment through October 31, 2014.

In a recent press conference, Sandy Schubert, undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), stated that the plan offers CDFA’s best assessment of on-the-ground pest management practices and details the state’s decision-making process in taking pest management actions.

CCOF and OTA Need Your Feedback!

Please complete the following surveys prepared by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

The surveys compile information on crop and processing materials pending review before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Your feedback on these materials is critical because it will help shape CCOF comments and testimony to the NOSB.  

Background

Postharvest Handling Draft Guidance is Open for Comment

On April 25, 2014 the National Organic Program released a proposed guidance document regarding Substances Used in Postharvest Handling of Organic Products. This guidance addresses the materials that may be used in on-farm or other immediate postharvest situations. This guidance clarifies some confusion between what materials, such as diatomaceous earth or carbon dioxide, could be used in what contexts in a postharvest setting. Comments are due by June 24.

The Science Advisory Panel Report for Asian Citrus Psyllid

Organic citrus growers have spent more than a year now wading through the decision-making process for policies regarding the spread and eradication of Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and the deadly disease it can spread, Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) relies on a group of scientists known as the Science Advisory Panel (SAP) for recommendations about trapping and testing protocols, eradication zones, quarantines, and which materials are approved for control and/or eradication.

MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!

The CCOF materials revolution continued in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF-certified members.

CCOF Introduces First-of-its-Kind Online Materials Search

Industry-leading innovation makes certification easier and faster.

(January 22, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF continues to streamline organic certification through its materials revolution and will demo a new Materials Search service January 22-25 in Pacific Grove, California, at the CCOF exhibitor booth at EcoFarm.

Be Ready for Anything

Our efforts to reduce paperwork, simplify certification, and provide benefits to our members continue in 2014! We are pleased to present three important new tools built to meet your needs: our new online Materials Search, expansion of MyCCOF: Supplier Management, and field-level food safety certification.

MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!

The CCOF materials revolution continues in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF certified members.

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