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Written by Peter Nell on Monday, April 23, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic, policy

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-3) joins fellows California Congressional delegates in supporting organic integrity with his cosponsorship of the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act of 2017, H.R.3871.   H.R.3871 would ensure a fair playing field for organic producers and protect consumer trust in the organic seal by strengthening the USDA National Organic Program’s oversight of domestic and international organic production.   Twelve CCOF members recently signed a letter to Congressman Garamendi successfully urging him to support the bill. Congressman Garamendi responded to his...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

Applications are officially open for the CCOF Foundation’s 2018 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund in the K-8 and higher education categories! We receive hundreds of applications each year from qualified candidates across the United States. Our work would not be possible without the support of companies like Chino Valley Ranchers. Read about why they support the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. Chino Valley Ranchers is a third-generation family-owned and operated egg producer headquartered in Southern California. We provide a full line of fresh shell eggs with 100 percent of our production...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, April 23, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, policy

California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Jeff Huckaby, president and CEO of Grimmway and Cal-Organic, to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.    The 15-member board advises the California governor and secretary of agriculture on key issues of importance to California’s farmers, ranchers, stakeholders, and citizens. The members represent a broad range of agricultural commodities, a variety of geographic regions, and both California university systems.    Cal-Organic became a CCOF member in 1995 and today manages over 45,000 certified organic acres. Huckaby originally joined...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, April 23, 2018 on general organic

The latest report from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on organic processed products shows that gross sales were $11.65 billion in 2017. This represents 17 percent growth from 2016, when organic processed product sales were $9.94 billion.   CDPH is responsible for the State Organic Program’s oversight of organic processed foods production. CDPH is required under state law to issue an annual report to the California Organic Products Advisory Committee that includes the total number of organic registrants, the total number and quantity of each type of product sold as organic,...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, chapters, general organic

On April 10, 33 members of the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter met at the Fallbrook Public Library.    The CCOF chapters’ primary purpose is to ensure that CCOF members are represented at the governance level of the organization. The 14 current chapters form a representative democracy that elects the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that governs CCOF. CCOF chapters also offer unique opportunities to network and strengthen organic businesses with educational programming and advocacy efforts for the organic sector.   The CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter’s current leadership is Karen Archipley,...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, chapters, general organic

On April 12, 23 members of the CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter met at the Ag One Conference room at California State University, Fresno.    The CCOF chapters’ primary purpose is to ensure that CCOF members are represented at the governance level of the organization. The 14 current chapters form a representative democracy that elects the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that governs CCOF. CCOF chapters also offer unique opportunities to network and strengthen organic businesses with educational programming and advocacy efforts for the organic sector.   Fresno-Tulare Chapter’s current leadership is...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, April 23, 2018 on general organic, materials and inputs


“We want to put another dollar in the pockets of farmers.”  - Brian Dawson, Founder of HarvestPort   HarvestPort (a Visionary Level supporter of the CCOF Foundation) supports CCOF’s mission to educate future organic farmers, help consumers understand organic, assist organic farmers in need, and provide ongoing training for organic professionals. You may know HarvestPort from their groundbreaking work as a shared economy platform. What you may not know, however, is that CEO Brian Dawson and co-founder Chad Hokama have since found another way to serve the agricultural community. HarvestPort is...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Arthur Keculah is from Liberia and has been in the United States for over 15 years. During those years, he did not have a permanent job or housing, but since beginning the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) program, he has housing on campus.    Keculah is participating in the CASFS apprenticeship because he believes that we need a healthy planet to have healthy people, which means that everyone needs access to healthy food. He is excited to gain the skills and tools to become an organic farmer and he believes CASFS is the...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, April 16, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, policy

Last week the House Agriculture Committee released their first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Agriculture policy wonks across the country are reviewing the text and preparing for next steps.    CCOF is pleased to see most of its top priorities included in the House draft:   — Increased funding authorized for the National Organic Program (NOP), accompanied by language that directs USDA to modernize NOP’s international trade tracking and data collection systems   — Continued funding at $5 million for the Organic Production and Marketing Initiative   — Increased funding from $20 million to $30...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 16, 2018 on advocacy, policy, water

The Community Water Center (CWC)/El Centro Comunitario por el Agua just released a new report: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice."   The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, fully 87 percent of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election—that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, April 16, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic

GLOBALG.A.P. is pleased to announce the publication of the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by many of the largest retailers in North America and beyond.     HPSS also aligns with the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The GLOBALG.A.P. HPSS includes verbatim the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative's Harmonized Standards. The Initiative's...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, April 16, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Janice Fama ran a farm for seven years on remediated soil, where she grew and sold organic fruit, vegetables, annuals, perennials, and organic eggs. Fama wants to pursue a career in organic agriculture because she believes restoring the valuable microenvironment of the soil is one of the most important challenges of our time. She believes that revitalizing and restoring our farmland is crucial to continue to feed people globally. The more Fama learns about organic sustainable practices, the more she feels the need to teach people of all walks of life how to grow their own food. Fama plans to...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on general organic

In an unprecedented move, the nation's first 100 percent certified organic fast food chain shakes up the industry with unrivaled ingredient transparency.   Fast food restaurant chain The Organic Coup, the nation’s first 100 percent certified organic chain, is once again upending the industry.    On April 9, the company will begin rolling out complete ingredient labels that will be placed directly on their food packaging. While many restaurants across the nation refuse to provide ingredient information—citing proprietary reasons—The Organic Coup is making the unprecedented move to spearhead...
Written by Jacob Guth on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic


Join us at the CCOF headquarters in Santa Cruz to hear from the technical experts at GLOBALG.A.P. about how their newly updated Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1 helps producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).    The May 2-4, 2018 GLOBALG.A.P. Capacity Building & Farm Assurer Workshop will consist of two days of classroom learning and one day of practical, on-farm inspection experience with the new HPSS v1.1 standard. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


My interest in organic agriculture comes from a very personal place in my life. I grew up in a rural farming village in Nepal where my family practiced subsistence farming. As a kid, I watched my mother struggle constantly with the challenges of producing enough food to feed our family. Since then, I have come to understand the inherent link between environmental degradation and the cycle of poverty and how they affect the lives of women like my mother. As I dove deeper into this concept, it became clear to me that a more holistic approach to agriculture is a necessity rather than a luxury....

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