Blog posts by general organic

Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 13, 2018 on general organic, NOP, policy

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a new report and two policy memos as part of the program’s Organic Enforcement Action Plan.  The report, Organic Import Oversight: Collaboration Opportunities and Technology Needs Assessment, responds to recommendations from the USDA Office of Inspector General on oversight of imported organic products. The report details NOP’s recent activities and the steps it is taking to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  NOP’s new Policy Memos also...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, August 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

Are you looking for new ideas to improve your organic recordkeeping systems? Are you curious about what digital recordkeeping options might be a good fit for your farm? Are you new to organic farming and want to find out more about the records you need to keep for organic certification?  The CCOF Foundation and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are here to help! Join us this summer for a series of free webinars on organic recordkeeping for growers. In our Organic Recordkeeping 101 webinar on August 21, Ann Baier from NCAT will review the records required to meet the USDA...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will honor three outstanding CCOF leaders at its upcoming annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 2018 during Natural Products Expo East. Javier Zamora of CCOF-certified JSM Organics will receive the Rising Star Award. Stephanie and Blake Alexandre of Alexandre EcoDairy Farm will receive the 2018 Organic Farmers of the Year award.  “These three deserving CCOF members are being recognized for their strong leadership within the organic sector. Javier and the Alexandres are exemplary organic farmers who share a deep...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, policy


State Board President Don Cameron, left, next to Governor Brown and CDFA Secreatary Karen Ross. Other meeting attendees included Rob Yraceburu, Wonderful Orchards LLC; Carolyn Wasem, Jackson Familiy Wines; David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company; Dan Sumner, UC Ag Issues Center; Mike Gallo, Joseph Gallo Farms; Aaron Lange, Lange Twins; Jonathan Hoff, Monte Vista Farming; Frank Muller, Muller Ranch; Rayne Thompson, Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company and Paul Wenger, Wenger Ranch. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Board of Food and Agriculture President Don Cameron joined a group of...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 16, 2018 on advocacy, biodiversity, general organic

Greenpeace USA launched a campaign in January 2018 to protect California’s climate and combat the impacts of climate change. As we know, California is a unique state, especially in its important role as a major source of the nation’s food—the food that farmers help bring to our tables every day. The state’s farming community has been highly affected by our changing climate and experiences the negative consequences firsthand, from increased wildfires, mudslides, and smog, to more severe droughts and rising sea levels. Greenpeace understands that we must support our farmers and the agricultural...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, pests and pesticides

A blog entry written by Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, entomologist with Cooperative Extension Monterey County, reports that bagrada bug adults were found on shortpod mustard plants north of Soledad and near King City. While no nymphs or eggs were found, their offspring may be moving into adjacent cole crops soon.    Newly planted or early-stage mustard family crops are most at risk from bagrada bug damage. Dr. Del Pozo-Valdivia encourages PCAs to check crops that fit this description in areas surrounding Soledad and King City.   No bagrada was found earlier this season in the San Ardo area,...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, policy, standards

CCOF submitted a comment to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or GMO food labeling rule. The deadline for comments was July 3, 2018.   CCOF’s comment was rooted in the following principles, for which CCOF advocated in previous comments: Labels must have clear statements that include the term “GMO.” Electronic or digital links are not sufficient to communicate to consumers.  Protect the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations defining bioengineering and related terms.  Organic certification is sufficient to make a “not...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, NOP

The National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar on the upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule on July 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will provide an overview on the proposed rule and opportunities for stakeholders to submit feedback.   Webinar Logistics   Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2018    Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time   To participate, access the meeting website: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3lysp7ou67ay&eom.   For questions about the webinar, please contact the NOP at (202) 720-8556. 
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, July 2, 2018 on CCOF, general organic

CCOF and Demeter are pleased to announce a partnership to offer dual organic and Biodynamic inspections for those clients that wish to be both. In recent weeks, Demeter and CCOF have been working diligently to align inspectors and their farm and processor inspection schedules to make dual inspections possible, thereby saving clients money and time.     Demeter and CCOF are excited to announce this partnership because it emphasizes the synergies and collaboration that are possible between organic and Biodynamic certification and farmer education, while allowing each organization to focus on...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, June 11, 2018 on general organic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture.   To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting the paper questionnaire is June 15, 2018.   Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15, 2018, still have until the end of July to complete the Census online through the secure website found on the cover of their Census form. Phone follow-up and personal interviews will also continue through July.   The questionnaire needs to be completed by...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, grower, handler, help and tips, standards

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation?    Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink on June 19 for a webinar that reviews the basics of the Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Learn the application requirements and key deadlines for both programs, as well as how the programs meet the needs of organic farmers and ranchers.    Speakers include...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF, directory, general organic, marketing, services

Wondering if there are any organic farms near you? Want to find out who is growing a specific crop or making a specific product? We have a tool for that!   Our online Organic Directory is a great resource for finding organic businesses by location, specific organic crops or products, and services for organic businesses. Visit the Organic Directory and fill in your search criteria on the left, then browse all the CCOF-certified organic businesses who meet that criteria to find what you need.   You can also purchase a printed copy of the Organic Directory & Resource Guide, which is a...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, June 4, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic, policy


CCOF Member Darrell Wood of Leavitt Lake Ranches and Panorama Meats with California Senator Dianne Feinstein   The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. in late May. Hundreds of organic advocates flocked to DC to participate in the events, which included two conferences and meetings with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.   Organic Week began with The Organic Center’s Organic Confluences Summit. The summit brought together farmers, scientists, and organic stakeholders to discuss organic extension and knowledge transfer. CCOF member Javier Zamora...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 on general organic, inspection, regulatory

In 2019, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will begin conducting Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspections on produce farms. In preparation for these inspections, CDFA is offering practice FSMA inspections, which CDFA refers to as On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs). Read the blog post below for more information.   While an OFRR is a practice inspection, it is important to note that CDFA inspectors are still required to report egregious food safety conditions that could lead to a public health issue if not immediately corrected. If an egregious condition is found...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 on biodiversity, education, general organic, grower, research

Ph.D. student Alejandra Echeverri is working in California’s central coast to understand how strawberry growers and managers of strawberry farming operations perceive birds on the farm.    Specifically, Echeverri hopes to conduct in-person surveys with strawberry growers or managers to understand which practices they are using to attract birds to or deter birds from their farms. She also is interested to find out whether they see some birds as beneficial or pests on their farms.   If you are an organic strawberry grower or a manager of a strawberry farming operation, please consider...

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