Highlights from the CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter Meeting

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 Dwayne Cardoza, president; Vernon Peterson, board representative; Eldon Thiesen, treasurer. The chapter encompasses Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, and Tulare counties.   
At the Fresno Tulare Chapter meeting, attendees discussed a wide range of issues and topics for advancing organic agriculture in their region. From federal farm bill advocacy to state regulatory pressures, the chapter leadership team encouraged CCOF members to engage with their state and federal representatives to educate them about organic. The chapter also continued its work to establish an organic production systems major and minor at California State University, Fresno. 
For more information about CCOF Chapters and how to get involved, please contact afischer@ccof.org.