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Improved Forms & Documents and FAQs

We are excited to announce significant improvements to two helpful areas of the CCOF website: Forms & Documents and Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These sections are designed to help make the certification process simple and are now more user-friendly than ever before!

CCOF Inspection Services – Here to Help!

CCOF’s five-person inspection operations team works together to manage CCOF’s 4,000 inspections annually. Inspection supervisors work with inspectors and clients to assign and manage regional inspection operations, ensuring CCOF inspections are performed on time and are cost effective. The inspection operations team works with a group of nearly 65 inspectors to assign inspections, manage the process, and ensure client and organizational needs are met.

Welcome Jamie Carr

CCOF is proud to welcome our newest Associate Inspection Supervisor Jamie Carr to the team!

Jamie Carr has worked with CCOF for several years as an organic inspector in the Fresno area. Jamie will be managing a broad swath of operations from Southern California to Sutter and Yuba counties. Jamie brings solid inspection and food systems knowledge as well as familiarity with CCOF inspection systems and inspectors. She holds a B.S. in Plant Science from California State University, Fresno.

CCOF Expanding Regional Representation

Did you know that in addition to regional staff located throughout California, CCOF has representatives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ashville, North Carolina (2 representatives!); Bend, Oregon; and State College, Pennsylvania? These CCOF out-ofstate certification employees will be playing a new role in their local regions to learn about organic matters and represent CCOF.

CCOF Offers Spanish Services for Processors and Handlers

As the organic industry grows, so do CCOF’s services in Spanish! We now provide services in Spanish for processor and handler operations. Check out CCOF’s Handler Organic System Plan (OSP) in Spanish, available at www.ccof.org/documents. In addition, see our re-vamped Spanish language resources page, www.ccof.org/espanol, to access a wide variety of forms, flyers, and other helpful documents in Spanish.

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CCOF Ofrece Servicios en Español para Procesadores y Manejadores

¡Con el crecimiento de la comunidad y mercado orgánico, así también crecen los servicios en español de CCOF! Ahora ofrecemos servicios en español para las empresas que son procesadores y manejadores. Nuestro nuevo Plan de Sistema Orgánico (OSP) para Manejadores en español está disponible en www.ccof.org/documents.

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Crop in the Ground? Submit Your “Add Acreage” Early for Best Results!

Many CCOF operations submit add acreage information to CCOF immediately prior to harvest or during inspection. It’s never too early to add organically farmed land to your certification. Submitting new acreage early, for instance as soon as you start managing the parcel or plant a crop, can significantly reduce your costs and give you piece of mind.

Certification Support Resources - Certification Made Easy!

One of the key challenges for organic farmers and processors is ensuring that your practices comply with NOP requirements. CCOF understands this difficulty, and has developed support resources to help your operation at every step of the certification process. From developing your Organic System Plan to maintaining your recordkeeping systems, the CCOF Certification Support Resources page can offer you the help you need! We even have a great additional resources section that can guide you to the outside help your operation may need.

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Export News: U.S. - Korea Equivalency Arrangement Finalized

As of July 1, 2014 organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be exported and labeled as organic in either country. CCOF is excited that this agreement came before the end of the Korean standard’s education period, meaning there was no significant stop in trade between the two countries. CCOF commends the National Organic Program (NOP) for its diligent work in finalizing this agreement in such a short period of time, and with few critical variances.

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