From Field to Forum

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 21, 2017 on advocacy, policy, regulatory

California’s new cannabis regulations are being crafted by numerous state agencies. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has issued two documents for review, the Cannabis Cultivation Policy and the General Order. Comments on each document are due Sept. 6, 2017, by noon Pacific time.   The Water Board has also posted a Staff Report that provides the rationale for the draft policies. The Water Board will also accept public comments on this report.   The State Water Board is scheduled to hold two public hearings on October 17, 2017, in Sacramento, to receive oral comments...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 21, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.   The first ever OGS, a joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), will bring together organic growers, producers and processors for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with organic...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 21, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations to fill 10 seats. The Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on programs and services that USDA provides to the produce sector.   The Committee has a total of 25 members who represent the fruit and vegetable industry in the following capacities: Growers/Producers Wholesalers/ Distributors Importers/Exporters Processors Farmers Market Managers Food Hubs Association leaders Retail/Restaurant Food Service suppliers State departments of agriculture   USDA seeks to...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 21, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Ava MosleySan Andreas, CA I am a part of the Calaveras FFA Rabbit Co-Op. This program has been at Calaveras for around 15 years, and is in need of new cages. These cages will line the outside walls of the barn so it makes cleaning, feeding, and breeding easier. Each cage is 24 by 30 inches and come in a section of four. Each section of four cages is about seven feet long, so we will be able to have five sections of cages in our rabbit barn. Each section comes with baby wire and larger cages for the kindling stages of breeding for fair. Our first goal for this SAE is to make around $3,330 to...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 14, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, general organic

Your CCOF membership bylaws voting material will arrive at the end of the month.   To ensure that all CCOF certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish additional chapters. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these bylaws revisions.   Learn more about the reason for amendments.   Based on the quorum requirement for bylaws amendments, at least 10 percent of certified members must complete the...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 14, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, general organic, policy, regulatory


Photo, left to right: Grant Brians, CCOF Board of Directors member; Laura Batcha, OTA; Melody Meyer, UNFI; Sam Farr, retired Congressman; Karen Ross, California Secretary of Agriculture; Mark Lipson, organic farmer & OFRF senior policy and program specialist. CCOF-certified farmers and CCOF staff presented testimony at two farm bill listening sessions convened in California last week.   A listening session in Modesto on August 5 attracted an audience of over 250 to present their farm bill priorities to members of the House Agriculture Committee Michael Conaway (R-Texas...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 14, 2017 on education, funding, general organic

CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program is now accepting applications for grants to farmers and ranchers who implement on-farm practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or store carbon in soil, trees, and shrubs. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2017.    The CCOF Foundation has funding through the California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) to provide support for the Healthy Soils applications of small, organic, and disadvantaged growers. Please contact Jessy Parr at jparr@ccof.org for more information.    The Healthy Soils Incentives Program will provide...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, August 14, 2017 on general organic, marketing

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2018 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Pricing will increase on October 1, 2017, 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...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 14, 2017 on chapters, events

2017 CCOF Pacific Southwest Organic Symposium Farmers for Farmers: Growing Together Hosted by the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Leichtag Foundation, Encinitas, California Thank you sponsors, for making this day possible! “A” Game Organic Chicken Manure ⬧ Archi’s Acres/AISA ⬧ Beck Grove & La Vigne Organics ⬧ California Organic Fertilizers ⬧ California Production Services (CPS) ⬧ Fusion Solar ⬧ Grangetto’s ⬧ Jimbo’s…Naturally! ⬧ Kellogg Garden Products ⬧ KooL Ranch ⬧ Locus Agricultural Solutions ⬧ Rio del Rey Heirloom Beans ⬧ Solar Rain ⬧...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 14, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Abigail DeVries is a highly passionate and motivated earth steward and change agent seeking opportunities to reconnect people with their community, land, food, and themselves. Her journey to discovering and falling in love with diversified organic farming has been long and not so straightforward. She came to it first with a love of a very specific piece of land that her grandparents owned in Northwestern Illinois. The daughter of a missionary pastor, DeVries spent a rather unorthodox childhood hopping around the globe from calling to calling—mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa—returning every...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 7, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler

  Organic Grower Summit December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency Monterey   Only 22 booths remain available on trade show floor!  Educational program, including session topics and speakers, to be released in the coming weeks.   Attendee registration for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS), put together by partners CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), is now open!   Register as an attendee at organicgrowersummit.com.    Attendee registration is $399 and includes all activities and events associated with the two-day summit, including opening reception...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, NOP, policy, regulatory

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Organic Program (SOP) is accepting public comments on a recent proposal to expand crop reporting requirements. Comments must be submitted no later than September 11, 2017.    Background   The SOP is a state-administered enforcement arm of the National Organic Program (NOP). It investigates complaints of fraud and monitors the organic marketplace to ensure a level playing field for certified organic operations. To assist in its duties, the SOP requires all organic producers to annually register with the state.   The proposed rule would...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, policy, regulatory

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via web conference on August 14, 2017 at 1:00–3:00 p.m. to discuss hydroponics in organic food production.    Access the web conference at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3itgag2r7btt&eom.   CCOF highly encourages stakeholders and those interested to listen into the web conference.   NOSB is a federal advisory committee composed of 15 volunteers representing farmers; handlers; environmental protection and resource conservation; public interest and consumer groups; toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; retailers; and organic certifying...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, general organic, policy, regulatory

When Congress takes its August recess and Members go home to their districts, it’s a great time to meet with them directly. This year, it’s an especially good time for farmers to express their thoughts directly on the farm bill coming for renewal in 2018. This week I had the pleasure of sitting in with organic growers from Butte County, California when they met with their Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville).   Hosting the meeting were members of Lundberg Family Farms, organic rice producers and processors.  Other growers joining the meeting were Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards and CCOF...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressman Jim Costa will host a roundtable discussion with Ranking Member Collin Peterson of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee.   The roundtable will be held from 9:30am to 11:00 a.m. at:   Hartnell Community College – Steinbeck Hall 411 Central Ave.  Salinas, CA 93901   CCOF highly encourages members to attend the meeting and advocate on behalf of the organic community. The roundtable is a rare opportunity for stakeholders to speak to three congressmen on the important House Agriculture Committee as they work...

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