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Deadline Extended to Submit Proposals on a New Organic Promotion Order

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline for the public to submit alternative or partial proposals on a new industry-funded organic promotion order until July 20, 2015.

The USDA will consider the submitted proposals prior to publishing a proposed Organic, Promotion, Research, and Information Order that would create an industry-funded promotion and research program for organic products under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.

Deadline Extended! Conservation Program Deadline Now March 13, 2015

Farmers and ranchers have until March 13 to sign up for the largest federal conservation program.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards farmers and ranchers for conservation and environmental benefits produced from working agricultural lands. Private agricultural land, including crop, pasture, and rangeland, is eligible to enroll.

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.

Direct Marketing Gets a Face Lift in California

This article appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Certified Organic magazine.

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Shape The Future of Organic

The April 7, 2015 deadline to submit comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is fast approaching! At the end of April, the NOSB will meet in La Jolla, California to review organic materials and standards. During this meeting they will review a substantial amount of materials, including copper and sulfur products for use in crop production, and gums and pectin for processing. Your operation may be affected!

There are two simple things you can do to help protect the integrity of organic standards:

1) Complete OTA’s Online Surveys

Elaboration on CCOF's Comments on the Proposal to Extend the Expiration Date for Oxytetracycline

CCOF is committed to ending the use of antibiotics in organic fruit production. We believe that a longer time period is necessary for oxytetracycline than the current 2014 expiration date because of the continuing research in varying locations and seasons that would ensure success, the need for registration of new materials, and enough time for grower education and outreach. We would like to see an extension in the range of 2017 to 2020 for phase out; however, we support the majority position to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to October 21, 2016.

Farmer Cooperators Wanted

UC Berkeley researchers need farmers for a study on diversified farming systems in California’s Central Coast.

The project will look at how agricultural practices on organic farms affect the diversity of life found on those farms, with an emphasis on birds and pollinators. The study needs farmer participants who grow organic strawberries on two acres or more of land in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Prunedale and Salinas.

Benefits of cooperating on the project include: 

FDA Comment Period for Proposed Food Safety Regulations Extended until November 15

For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to comment on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is currently being developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you now have a little more time! Today, the FDA extended the public comment period from September 16 to a final deadline of November 15.

FDA Makes Significant Updates to FSMA Rules, Comments Now Open

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updates to four proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA is accepting comments on the updates now through December.

The updated rules include significant changes, such as:

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