Blog posts by CCOF

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, general organic, grower, regulatory


veggies

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers at a discounted rate.  Normally, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person, but thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the CCOF Foundation is offering these trainings for $35 per attendee. The ticket price includes course materials, lunch, and certificate fees.   Workshops will be held throughout California, including locations near Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Petaluma, and Monterey. The Fresno, San...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, February 12, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation


Join Darrell Wood from Panorama Meats at our Organic Hotspots Conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The event will explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities. For more information and event registration, visit www.ccof.org/2018-event.  ...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, February 12, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, policy


The CCOF team (including our office dogs!) are often clad head to toe in Patagonia gear. Patagonia is a company that we are proud to support given their commitment to using organic materials and food.    Patagonia is also a Visionary member of the CCOF Foundation, which works to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world. With their support, the CCOF Foundation runs a range of programs to support new and existing organic producers and to educate consumers about the importance of organic agriculture.    Patagonia is also a key partner in launching a new initiative: The Roadmap to an...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, January 22, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, policy, regulatory, standards

Last week, CCOF submitted a comment to USDA opposing the agency’s proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. CCOF also joined 80 other organic producers, retailers, organizations, certifiers, farm groups, and consumer organizations in an open letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to implement the rule.    The OLPP rule is the result of decades of rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and members of the organic community. The rule ensures that organic animals live in pasture-based systems, establishes minimum indoor and...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF, events, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Matt Seeley (Left) and Tonya Antle (Center) of the Organic Produce Network present CCOF Foundation Chair Allen Harthorn (Center) and Cathy Calfo (Right) with donation for CCOF Foundation at the Organic Grower Summit We Are Organic dinner in Monterey, Ca   The CCOF Foundation was honored to host the We Are Organic dinner to kick off the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit on December 13. The Organic Grower Summit was presented by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF.    The dinner was an opportunity to bring together more than 100 supporters of the CCOF Foundation to...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF

CCOF is launching a series of upgrades to www.ccof.org in the coming weeks to better serve the needs of our members. This week, you’ll see changes on our homepage, making it easier to find news relevant to your organic business. In the coming weeks, the site will be easier to navigate, with all the tools you know and love at the tips of your fingers. 
Written by Antonina Hines on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 on CCOF, events

Take a look at all the amazing places where you can meet CCOF staff! CCOF is out and about participating in a wide variety of events. We look forward to engaging with you face-to-face. Come see us at the CCOF booth at one or more of the following events: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) January 17-20, 2018 Chattanooga, TN Booth #506       Virginia Association for Biological Farming January 22-24, 2018 Hot Springs, VA EcoFarm Conference January 24-27, 2018 Pacific Grove, CA Booth #B8 World Ag Expo February 13-15, 2018 Tulare, CA Booth #3619,...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, policy

One of the greatest challenges facing organic growers today is the uncertainty and severe shortages in the agricultural workforce. For this reason, CCOF is calling on California Congressional leadership to work toward immigration reform that includes the following guiding principles:  First and foremost, legislation should create a viable means for the current unauthorized, experienced agricultural workforce to legally work in U.S. agriculture.   Additionally, a guestworker program could also provide much needed support to help meet the current shortages in the agricultural workforce. The...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, January 8, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, general organic, grower, regulatory

New federal food safety regulations are starting to take effect. If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce for human consumption you may need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Compliance dates for some produce farms start at the beginning of 2018. Does my farm need to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? The FSMA Produce Safety Rule has different compliance levels based on operation size and type. The CCOF Foundation hosted a How Do I Need to Comply with FSMA? Webinar to help produce growers figure out what compliance level they fall into. The...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, January 8, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation


2% for Organic

Happy to New Year to all members of our organic family: farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers! In seasons like this, we are reminded of the hope a new year or new growing season brings and the effort that lies ahead.    We’re beginning 2018 by giving thanks for all of you who contribute to CCOF’s mission: advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world.    Our CCOF-certified organic members contribute to this mission every day, not just through the healthy food they grow and produce, but also through choosing organic certification. Did you know that each CCOF...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, December 18, 2017 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic, livestock, policy, regulatory, standards

USDA published notice in the Federal Register this week that it intends to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule, which has been under development by the organic community for over a decade. The notice opens a public comment period that is open through Jan. 17, 2018.  Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov.   Originally set to be fully implemented earlier this year, USDA under the current administration already has delayed implementation three times and now proposes to withdraw the rule on the premise that it exceeds USDA’s statutory authority.   CCOF...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 18, 2017 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, education, international

In May 2017, Phil LaRocca, chair of the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors, and Allen Harthorn, chair of the CCOF Foundation Board of Trustees, participated in the National Co+Op Grocers’ tour of a cooperatively managed fair trade vineyard in La Rioja, Argentina.    The La Riojana cooperative is working with the National Co+Op Grocers and the CCOF Foundation to help transition their grapes into organic production. LaRocca and Harthorn were brought to tour the facilities and meet with farmers and witness the project firsthand. In addition to making wine and olive oil, La Riojana also built and...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 11, 2017 on CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed on the following dates: Monday, December 25 – Monday, December 29 New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1   We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return.   Thank you for your support of organic in 2017! Happy holidays!  
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, November 20, 2017 on CCOF, marketing, policy

The feature article for the fall edition of CCOF’s Certified Organic magazine is now available online for ready reference, to download, and to print on demand. The article provides an overview of what’s in the farm bill, describes the political dynamics around the farm bill, and presents organic farm bill priorities.    Please read it and share widely!
Written by Catherine Hsu on Monday, October 30, 2017 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events

Join CCOF and Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross on December 13, 2017 at the CCOF Foundation’s We Are Organic Dinner at the Organic Grower Summit at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. We will recognize the Foundation’s accomplishments and your role in making them possible!   The CCOF Foundation advances organic agriculture for a healthy world by educating future organic farmers, helping consumers understand organic, assisting organic farmers in need, and providing training for organic professionals. At this dinner, we’ll hear from Secretary of the California Department of Food Agriculture Karen...

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