From Field to Forum

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 19, 2016 on advocacy, general organic, policy

New statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show that the total value of certified organic agricultural products sold in the United States increased from $5.5 billion in 2014 to $6.2 billion in 2015, a 13 percent increase. The number of certified organic farms and organic acreage also increased between 2014-2015. Once more, California is the top state for organic agricultural production, with $2.4 billion in sales (40% of the total) in 2015. Washington state is a distant second with $626 million. California also has the largest number of certified organic...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 19, 2016 on advocacy, pests and pesticides, policy


The third edition of the Bagrada Bug News is now available to read and print on demand. This edition reports on work being conducted in California and France to test promising natural enemies of bagrada bug. Scientists collected three species of wasps that lay their eggs in bagrada bug eggs, thus killing the nymphs inside, in South Africa and Pakistan and are now assessing their potential for release as natural predators of bagrada bug in California. This issue also features a lengthy article on the role of weeds as refuge for bagrada bug in California’s Salinas Valley. Shortpod mustard and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 19, 2016 on labeling and packaging


As an organic grower, you have worked hard to achieve your organic certification. Don’t you think you should take every opportunity to let your community and customers know that you are CCOF certified? Here are a few easy steps to take to promote your certified status: If you sell through farmers’ markets, remember to display the “CCOF Certified Organic” signage that is made available to you by CCOF. Download the “Non-GMO & More” seal from the CCOF web site and use it in any setting that is already approved for the CCOF seal. Promote “Certified Organic” on all of your labels, cartons,...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 19, 2016 on CCOF, events, services

This year, at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Expo East kick-off dinner and awards event on September 21, the entire meal will be verified organic by CCOF. OTA “strives to always offer organic food at our events,” but decided to take it a step further this year. CCOF worked with them to implement a verification process to ensure their organic menu is compliant with national standards. So what does it mean to be “Verified Organic?” The meal will be verified organic by CCOF. Suppliers, ingredients, and recipes are being vetted to ensure organic status. Dinner menus and event signage have...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 19, 2016 on advocacy, policy, seeds

Vague language in last year’s revision of the California Seed Law was clarified by legislation that exempts non-commercial seed trading–such as seed libraries, seed swaps, and other seed exchanges–from state permit and labeling requirements for commercial seed. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act into law on September 9, 2016. Introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), the bill was a response to alarms raised by activists that the imprecise language in California’s seed law could unintentionally impede the free exchange of seed at...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 19, 2016 on CCOF

Back by popular demand, our black trucker-style hats featuring a “Support Organic Farmers” CCOF patch on the front are in stock in the CCOF store! This style has been incredibly popular–so act fast. These hats are black organic cotton twill with a foam front, flat bill, and mesh back. One size fits all. Get one for your favorite farmer or organic supporter today!
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 19, 2016 on events, genetic engineering

Hundreds are expected to turn out for a panel session at the upcoming Organic & Non-GMO Forum that will address certified transitional, a new process spearheaded by Kellogg-owned Kashi in which a third party certification company monitors and approves farms that are transitioning from conventional to organic. The 2nd Annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2016, to be held November 14-15, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, is the only domestic conference of its kind, bringing together stakeholders across the organic and non-GMO value chain, from production to packaging. The comprehensive...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, September 12, 2016 on cost share, fees, financial assistance

The application deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is fast approaching! Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2016. All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. CCOF has made it easy to apply with Cost Share forms and instructions and a checklist...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, September 2, 2016 on handler, services


The organic market is expanding at a rapid rate and buyers demand more organic than can be supplied domestically. Major retailers such as Costco, Walmart, and Whole Foods Market have been increasing stock of organic goods and opening doors for food companies nationally. California sets the standard for domestic organic production and sales for organic processed products–according to a recent 2016 California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) report, California’s annual gross organic sales revenue increased 180 percent over the last five years.1 Some of the biggest areas of growth in...
Written by Jane Sooby on Friday, September 2, 2016 on advocacy, policy, State Organic Program

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) will meet this Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Sacramento, California. COPAC advises the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture on organic-related issues. The public is welcome to attend. Items on the meeting agenda include: An update on the state’s pilot GMO testing program A legislative update on the California Organic Food and Farming Act An Organic Input Materials Program update Animal welfare standards and the California State Veterinarian comments on them An update on the organic checkoff program The...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Friday, September 2, 2016 on directory, marketing

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2017 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Pricing is increasing on October 1, 2016, so place your order now! The Organic Directory and Resource Guide is a full color publication printed annually by CCOF. This directory includes all of our certified organic farmers, processors, handlers, packers, and retailers, and lists organic crops, livestock, processed products, and business services. In addition to our certified members and Business Partners who receive the Organic Directory and Resource Guide...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Friday, September 2, 2016 on events

CCOF will be exhibiting at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore from September 22-24. If you’re going to be in Baltimore, this is a great opportunity to meet the great folks at CCOF, including members of our Processor/Hander Certification team. Come by booth #119 to talk about our Organic is Non-GMO & More certification seal, organic certification, and more. You can also follow along on our Twitter account, where we’ll be tweeting from the show. We hope to see you there!
Written by Cassandra Christine on Friday, September 2, 2016 on directory, marketing

The CCOF Organic Directory is the largest publication of its kind in the organic industry, listing over 1,500 products and services from more than 3,100 certified members. Help your listing stand out by adding a full-color business logo to your free client listing in each upcoming edition of CCOF's Organic Directory & Resource Guide, which is distributed annually to more than 4,000 organic consumers, producers, buyers, and suppliers. The one-time $100 Enhanced Directory Listing fee places your logo alongside your standard listing, highlighting and promoting your product to customers and...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, August 29, 2016 on advocacy, policy, water

Farmers and ranchers in California must submit water test results and develop nutrient management plans for their landholdings under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. How California Regulates Water Quality in Relation to Irrigated Lands California’s nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) manage water quality on a regional basis. RWQCB responsibilities include regulating all pollutant discharges that may impact surface or ground water quality. In 2003, California created the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program to address wastes discharged from agricultural irrigated lands,...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, August 29, 2016 on advocacy, policy, regulatory

AB 1066, the Phase-in Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016, is a bill authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that would set new overtime pay requirements for California farm workers. The bill is sponsored by United Farm Workers (UFW), which argues that farm workers are unfairly excluded from federal wage protections and maximum hour standards. According to bill supporters, farm workers do not receive fair pay and yet have one of the most physically demanding occupations. Many agricultural groups oppose the bill, including the California Farm Bureau Federation and the...

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