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Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, May 18, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, financial assistance, general organic, policy

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted unique responses by federal, state, and local governments. This legislative update provides a brief snapshot of some key state and federal policy areas CCOF is monitoring.  USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program On Thursday, May 14, USDA hosted a webinar to introduce producers to the application process for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The webinar recording can be viewed via Zoom. USDA has said that it will release applications soon. The CFAP website has initial instructions to prepare producers to apply, including contacting your local...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, May 18, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, help and tips, marketing

We changed the date of our Innovative Direct Marketing Webinar for farmers. The new date for the webinar broadcast is May 26, 2020. Innovative direct marketing can keep your farm business viable in fast changing times. Join Jamie Collins of Serendipity Farms on for a webinar on tools to increase your farm’s customer base and your revenue.  Collins, a long-time organic farmer and savvy marketing coach, will highlight techniques she’s used to draw in customers and maintain her business in an ever-changing market.  Learn how she quickly adapted her marketing to address COVID-19 restrictions by...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 18, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, help and tips, marketing, survey

Farmers are currently facing unprecedented challenges as supply chains quickly and radically change. Our local food systems can be strengthened by building consumer awareness of local farms using sustainable growing practices. Healthy PlanEat is a new online platform for farmers using sustainable growing practices to sell directly to local customers so people can have a healthy and sustainable diet. The platform enables farmers to create their own page, upload inventory, set distribution options, and manage incoming orders from individuals and wholesale buyers. The platform will be launched...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, May 18, 2020 on advocacy, education, general organic, research

Organic researchers need your help in identifying the challenges that certified organic producers and transitioning organic producers face. The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), and the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) created surveys that will help set their research priorities.  Certified organic farmers and ranchers can take the organic survey here:https://www.opinion.wsu.edu/organicproduction/. Farmers and ranchers who are transitioning to organic certification can take the transition survey here: https://www.opinion.wsu.edu/...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, May 11, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, general organic, we are essential


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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that families value high quality, organic food. While the impact of COVID-19 on food and agriculture has been uneven across sectors, the demand for some types of organic processed foods, such as pre-cut vegetable assortments and pantry staples, has increased as families search for healthy options while saying at home.  Beyond the health benefits, organic processed foods are an important part of California’s economy. The California Department of Public Health recently reported that organic processors made $15.5 billion in gross sales in 2019, a 17 percent...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, May 11, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, events, marketing

Join the CCOF Foundation and Hannah Muller from Full Belly Farm on May 19 for a webinar that delves into social media marketing for farms selling directly to consumers.  Use social media platforms to grow your business! This webinar will review key considerations for developing a social media plan, such as how and what to post to target specific audiences, how to create hashtags that help increase your outreach, and how to turn followers into consumers. Muller will explain why social media is an important tool to use to tell the story of your farm and brand. She will show-and-tell what has...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, May 11, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, general organic


Forer

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient Jack Sporer has officially become a small business owner. Sporer launched his own wine label in April 2020, Fresh Wine Company. A brand he calls “wine for the people,” its release comes just in time to satisfy an upswing in demand during stay at home orders enacted across the state of California.     Sporer’s wine focuses on carbon sequestration at each step. They are using lighter bottles, alternative packaging, and connecting local networks of consumers and suppliers to keep his community supported. Sporer’s efforts build integrity and...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 11, 2020 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, NOSB, policy

The deadline for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is quickly approaching! USDA is seeking:– Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals– Two individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups– One individual who is a USDA-accredited certifying agent Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2020 and include a resume and an AD-755 Application form. Nominees must meet the criteria of NOSB membership. Members of NOSB participate in committee meetings, bi-monthly...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 4, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, general organic, we are essential


we are essential

“We Are Essential” is a blog series that explores how the organic community is navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our farms, ranches, and businesses deliver truly essential services, staying open and in the field to provide food to our communities. Each week, we will share a new story that highlights how organic is critical to the global response. We welcome hearing how you are impacted and invite you to email us at policy@ccof.org. We also have a list of crisis resilience resources to help you weather the COVID-19 pandemic.   Growing food during the COVID-19 pandemic is a gift...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, May 4, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Anandi Ghandi

The CCOF Foundation is now accepting applications for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grants for higher education and vocational students! Applicants can apply for $2,500 grants to go toward their studies in organic agriculture. The application period is open from May 1 through June 1. Learn more and apply for your $2,500 educational grant.  Due to school closures, the grant application periods for K-8 teachers and National FFA Organization high school students will be postponed until Fall 2020. Check back on the Futue Organic Farmer Grant Fund webpage for updates.  In the interim, please...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, May 4, 2020 on advocacy, general organic

In what has become a routine practice during the COVID-19 shelter in place orders, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) will meet via teleconference from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. COPAC advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on the State Organic Program and on current issues in the state’s organic sector. The State Organic Program is managed by two state agencies: the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which regulates organic processed products, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), which...
Written by Laetitia Benador on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, general organic, we are essential


“We Are Essential” is a blog series that explores how the organic community is navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our farms, ranches, and businesses deliver truly essential services, staying open and in the field to provide nutritious food to our communities. Each week, we will share a new story that highlights how organic is critical to the global response. We welcome hearing how you are impacted and invite you to email us at policy@ccof.org. We also have a list of crisis resilience resources to help you weather the COVID-19 pandemic. “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on advocacy, crisis resilience, general organic, marketing

As part of USDA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) plans to spend $3 billion for vendors to purchase, package, and deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat to non-profit distribution centers such as food banks, schools, churches, and community groups. According to AMS officials, this will not be “a normal purchasing program” that buys truckloads of agricultural commodities. Instead vendors will assemble boxes containing a variety of products that are ready to load “off the truck and into the trunk.” Vendors are also responsible...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, NOSB, policy

Earlier this month the National Organic Program (NOP) announced that the upcoming National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held remotely. The board will hold their meeting starting on Wednesday, April 29 and concluding on Thursday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To tune in, register online.  NOSB meetings are biannual, held in the spring and fall, to provide recommendations on substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) and the organic standards. At the spring meeting, NOSB begins their yearly Sunset Review process...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, funding, general organic, grants


Transition

Want to take your farm forward and transition to organic? Maybe you’re already practicing organic methods and need that final incentive to get certified. Now is your chance to lessen the financial challenge of transition—apply for a $5,000 grant to help you make the transition to organic. Applications close next week on April 30, 2020—apply now! Organic agriculture can sustainably feed us while promoting public health and prosperity. Communities across America should look to transitioning to organic agriculture as a tool to tackle the key challenges of our time: climate change, economic...

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