From Field to Forum

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a director of farm certification to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The director will oversee CCOF’s farm-level certification programs within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally-accredited organic certification programs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as CCOF’s Food Safety Services program. This position may also implement new add-on programs. This is a senior management level position for a self-directed, career-minded individual with good judgement. Applicants must have...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 23, 2016 on grower, livestock, research

The growing numbers of small-scale farms (SSFs)1 and peri-urban and urban animal agriculture farms (UA)2 has increased the need for Extension specialists and veterinarians focused on small-scale and backyard livestock production. We are seeking your help in this needs assessment regarding animal health concerns on SSFs and UA in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state. This study is led by Dr. Alda Pires (University of California), Dr. Dale Moore (Washington State University), and Dr. Ragan Adams (Colorado State University). The increasing popularity of local food production and...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the National FFA Organization to give grants to high school students who are interested in conducting organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. In collaboration with an FFA advisor, these students design organic agricultural projects to conduct over the course of a year. Students are challenged to involve other students, mentors, and members of their community to ensure their project’s...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 16, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Stanley

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the National FFA Organization to give grants to high school students who are interested in conducting organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. In collaboration with an FFA advisor, these students design organic agricultural projects to conduct over the course of a year. Students are challenged to involve other students, mentors, and members of their community to ensure their project’s...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 16, 2016 on general organic

Are you a California farmer, rancher, or forester committed to sound environmental stewardship? Know someone who is? Sustainable Conservation, Sand County Foundation, and the California Farm Bureau Federation are seeking nominees for the 2016 California Leopold Conservation Award. Download the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 8. The award recognizes private landowners' commitment to responsible environmental stewardship and land management. It underscores the fact that many private landowners are on the front lines of conservation and should be recognized for protecting...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 9, 2016 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 applications! This means that 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. Certification cost share helps keep organic certification accessible for all, from the smallest to largest organic operations. Cost share distributes federal funds through state departments of agriculture. Find the right contact for your state. CCOF encourages all...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Are you a student of organic agriculture in a higher education or vocational learning program? Are you teaching kindergarten through eighth grade students? If so, May 15 is the deadline to submit your application for a grant to study or teach organic agriculture! K-8 teachers: Get funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning. Award Amount: Up to $1,000 Number of Awards: 30 Purpose of Award: The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 9, 2016 on NOSB

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a federal advisory committee whose 15 members represent the entire organic sector and whose recommendations are an important part of the organic standards development process. Appointees will serve a five-year term of office beginning January 24, 2017. Vacancies for the 15-member board include: an organic producer who owns or operates an organic operation, an organic handler or processor who owns or operates an organic...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Samano

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the National FFA Organization to give grants to high school students who are interested in conducting organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. In collaboration with an FFA advisor, these students design organic agricultural projects to conduct over the course of a year. Students are challenged to involve other students, mentors, and members of their community to ensure their project’s...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, May 2, 2016 on events, funding

CCOF partner organization National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is teaming up with USDA’s Rural Development to present a free webinar on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT that explains Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) in depth and presents tips on how to successfully apply. VAPG provide funds to individual agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and other producer groups to develop marketing plans or acquire working capital for a value-added enterprise. “Value-added” refers to an agricultural commodity that has increased in value due to processing,...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, May 2, 2016 on advocacy, policy, State Organic Program

CCOF-sponsored AB 1826—the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA), authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay)—passed the California Assembly Agriculture Committee in a unanimous, bipartisan vote in favor of reducing fee and paperwork burdens on California’s organic producers. COFFA is now moving through the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Once approved by Appropriations, it will go to a vote by the full California Assembly. Once it passes the Assembly, it moves into the California Senate Agricultural Committee and, ultimately, to the floor of the state senate. Contact...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 2, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Noblitt

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.  Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the National FFA Organization to give grants to high school students who are interested in conducting organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. In collaboration with an FFA advisor, these students design organic agricultural projects to conduct over the course of a year. Students are challenged to involve other students, mentors, and members of their community to ensure their project’s...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Interested in practicing or teaching organic agriculture, or know someone who is? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! Grants are available nationally for K-8 teachers with organic classroom projects through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and for higher education and vocational students studying organic agriculture. Over the last two years, the CCOF Foundation and partners have given away $150,000 in grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. The CCOF Foundation will be offering grants in three educational categories in...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, April 25, 2016 on advocacy, NOSB, policy

The spring 2016 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. This biannual meeting impacts which materials producers can use in organic production. After reviewing public comment and hearing testimony at the meeting, NOSB will make recommendations on standards and materials to the National Organic Program (NOP). NOSB will review a diverse set of materials at the meeting, including copper sulfate used in organic rice production and carrageenan used in organic processing. CCOF Certification Services President Jake Lewin will attend the in-person...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation

Each year CCOF competes for a spot on the New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken boards, and we need your vote! Every time a customer uses their own reusable shopping bag at New Leaf store locations, they are awarded a 10¢ envirotoken to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice on the board. To qualify for the boards, these nonprofits are required to maintain a goal of helping the environment and conserve resources. CCOF proudly adheres to this requirement. We are honored to have been included on these boards for many years and we need your help to remain a recipient of these donations....

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