COPAC Considers Cannabis & Announces Survey at First Meeting of the Year

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) started the year with its traditional meeting at the EcoFarm Conference on January 25, 2018. 
COPAC advises the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on organic issues. 
During the meeting, State Organic Program (SOP) staff announced a new survey that will help inform its future communications work. Organic producers, country agricultural commissioners, consumers, and other stakeholders are encourage to participate. 
SOP staff also reviewed upcoming changes to the state registration process that will go into effect April 1, 2018, including reporting production in 29 commodity categories.
Other highlights of the meeting include:
  • Recognition of newly appointed alternate producer member, John McKeon of Tanimura & Antle.
  • Acknowledgement of Jeremy Johnson’s appointment to a primary processor seat. Johnson is the president of CCOF’s Processor/Handler Chapter and was previously an alternate on COPAC. 
  • Election of Mindee Jeffery of Good Earth Natural Foods, to a second term as COPAC chair. 
  • Election of Karen Archipley of Archi’s Acres, to a first term as COPAC vice chair. Archipley is president and board representative of CCOF’s Pacific Southwest Chapter.
  • Approval of a motion recommending that the Secretary consult with COPAC on the state’s cannabis program. California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act requires that CDFA establish a program for cannabis comparable to federal and state organic regulations by January 1, 2021.
The next COPAC meeting will be May 9, 2018, in Sacramento. Contact the CCOF Policy Team for more information on COPAC.