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Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 12, 2018 on biodiversity, farm bill, grower, handler

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that U.S. farmers and ranchers have until March 2, 2018, to submit an initial fiscal year (FY) 2018 application for the nation’s largest working lands program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).    Over 72 million acres across the country–roughly 8 percent of all agricultural land–are currently enrolled in whole-farm conservation contracts. The significant amount of working lands already enrolled in CSP, and the fact that in recent years CSP has had to turn away as many as 75 percent of qualified applicants, is evidence...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, grower, handler

Sacramento, February 22-23 Join CCOF at the Organic Hotspots conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento. This event is open to the public and registration information can be found at www.ccof.org/2018-event.   The Organic Hotspot study recently conducted by Penn State Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke demonstrated conclusively that median household incomes increase and poverty rates decrease as a direct result of organic food and crop production by county, especially when organic businesses exist in clusters, or “hotspots.”   The conference will feature keynote speaker Glenda...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 30, 2017 on general organic, grower, handler, marketing

Need to restock your supply of produce stickers or twist ties that identify your products as CCOF-certified organic? Want to gift an organic garden sign to a loved one this holiday season? Looking for a new hat to keep next summer’s sun out of your eyes? Now’s the time to make your purchases from the CCOF store!    From November 1 until December 31, 2017, enjoy our gift of 15% off all CCOF merchandise in the CCOF Store! Enter code GIFT15 at checkout to apply the discount to your order. 
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, grower, handler, materials, NOSB, standards

CCOF submitted 11 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of the fall 2017 NOSB meeting.   NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice per year to discuss organic standards. This fall, the meeting will be held in Jacksonville, Florida from October 31 through November 2, 2017.   At the meeting in Jacksonville, the board will complete the 2019 Sunset Reviews on 43 substances listed on the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances (National List). NOSB will vote to relist the substances on the National List or...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 18, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler

  Organic Grower Summit 2017 December 13-14Hyatt Regency Monterey Costco announced their commitment to participate in the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December in Monterey, California. With annual fresh produce sales of $4 billion, Costco will sponsor a half-day event providing certified organic farmers and growers the opportunity to meet with Costco buyers The confirmation of Costco's commitment to meet with organic growers comes on the heels of all exhibit booths for the event being sold out last week.   The first ever OGS, a joint production between CCOF and Organic...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, September 11, 2017 on general organic, grower, handler, regulatory

FDA released an informational guide to assist businesses in complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). The guide, “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: What you Need to Know about the FDA Regulation: Guidance for Industry Small Entity Compliance Guide,” explains FSMA and its rules.    CCOF highly encourages members falling into the small entity category, as defined in the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act, to reference the comprehensive guide for questions regarding FSMA requirements.   Chapter...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 11, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler


December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency MontereyWestern Growers Named Technology Sponsor for the Event With only a few exhibitor booths left, The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.  To date, OGS has secured over 50 sponsoring companies, with limited exhibitor booths remaining on the trade show floor. Educational...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 28, 2017 on education, general organic, handler

A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, supported by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University, requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.   This study has several intended benefits for the organic sector, including the identification of: (1) the technical and economic assistance companies provide to organic growers; (2) the extent to which organic handlers encourage domestic organic production; and (3) the opportunities to increase awareness of how the private sector supports organic farming.   The survey takes...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 21, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s inaugural event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.   The first ever OGS, a joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), will bring together organic growers, producers and processors for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with organic...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 7, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler

  Organic Grower Summit December 13 & 14 - Hyatt Regency Monterey   Only 22 booths remain available on trade show floor!  Educational program, including session topics and speakers, to be released in the coming weeks.   Attendee registration for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS), put together by partners CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), is now open!   Register as an attendee at organicgrowersummit.com.    Attendee registration is $399 and includes all activities and events associated with the two-day summit, including opening reception...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 22, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler


The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production, supply chain, and support service providers.    OGS Exhibitors will represent the following industries:  Organic production Service and supply chain management Seed Packaging Soil amendments Food safety Equipment/machinery Crop protection Ag technology   The OGS audience and attendees will include:  Organic growers and farmers Field production...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 8, 2017 on advocacy, education, events, grower, handler, water

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture. The forum will be held at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on May 25, 2017. The agenda includes a full day of discussion from Israeli and Californian officials and researchers speaking on water and agriculture issues. Registration for the forum costs $40 and includes lunch. The forum will cover...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 17, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler


To Our New Partners at CCOF, We hope you saw the recent media coverage announcing the first-ever Organic Grower Summit, an informative and engaging event designed to bring together producers of organic fresh food with service and supply partners coming this December to Monterey, California. Hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), the Organic Grower Summit will feature organic growers, producers, and handlers from fresh produce, dairy, meat, and grain sectors connecting with service providers, packaging and technology companies, equipment manufacturers, and other companies...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, April 10, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler


Powered by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF, the Organic Grower Summit is connecting organic growers and producers with supply chain and service providers. Join us December 13-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. For two days in Monterey, organic growers, producers, and processors will gather for information, education, and networking with the entire organic production supply chain. If you’re a supplier, service provider, equipment manufacturer, packaging company, or technology company, you won’t want to miss your customers at this event.  Sponsorship Opportunities OGS...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, September 2, 2016 on handler, services


The organic market is expanding at a rapid rate and buyers demand more organic than can be supplied domestically. Major retailers such as Costco, Walmart, and Whole Foods Market have been increasing stock of organic goods and opening doors for food companies nationally. California sets the standard for domestic organic production and sales for organic processed products–according to a recent 2016 California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) report, California’s annual gross organic sales revenue increased 180 percent over the last five years.1 Some of the biggest areas of growth in...

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