Written by Jane Sooby
on Monday, February 8, 2016
on advocacy, general organic, policy
The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to all known organic farms in the United States earlier this year. This survey requests information on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities.
Of the many surveys organic farmers receive, this survey stands out in importance because the data collected will help determine the value for covered crop losses under federal crop insurance policies.
Historically, crop insurance has only reimbursed organic producers for the value of their crops in conventional markets....
Written by Guest Blogger
on Monday, October 5, 2015
on advocacy, general organic, research
National policies, issues, and institutions affect organic farmers, yet we lack a strong presence to ensure that the certified organic farmer’s viewpoint, needs, and concerns are represented in the national arena. To address this situation, several organic farming organizations have been discussing building a more effective and clearer voice for certified organic farmers. We are proud of certified organic’s growth and growing prominence in the marketplace, and believe now is the time that farmers, who are at the core of this success, establish a focused and strong voice.
To ensure we are...
Written by Laura Mathias
on Friday, May 22, 2015
on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic
The CCOF Foundation continues to bring together current and potential organic producers through our 2015 Going Organic workshops. These events are intended for those who are interested in going organic but may not know where to start, or for currently certified operations looking for more producers to source organic from. Each workshop helps assess how close an operation is to being organic and details the steps necessary to transition towards organic certification.
Pam Strayer of Organic Wines Uncorked joined the recent Going Organic workshop in Rutherford, California, and recapped some key...
Written by Kelly Damewood
on Monday, February 23, 2015
on general organic
CCOF strongly encourages all organic farmers to complete the 2014 Organic Survey.
In January, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed out the 2014 Organic Survey to organic farmers throughout the U.S. This is only the second time NASS has conducted this national survey; the last time was in 2008.
This survey is critical to organic food and agricultural systems. Government agencies and public officials use the data to improve upon their services and priorities. And organizations like CCOF use the survey results to advocate for effective public policies that support you and...