Blog posts by Guest Blogger

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 8, 2018 on

In September 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) received an appropriation of $135 million from Assembly Bill (AB) 134 and AB 109 to reduce agricultural sector emissions. The bills provide funding for agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.     CARB staff will conduct public workshops in several locations on the development of the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program Guidelines, which will outline CARB’s recommendations for...
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 Guest Blogger on Monday, December 18, 2017 on events, general organic, grower

Crop producers who attend the 2018 EcoFarm Conference in January are in for an abundance of relevant subject matter to help with crop planning, plant and soil nutrition, and other production and marketing subjects. We’ve highlighted few choices to get you started.   Organic Flower Production will open up a whole new realm for growers looking to diversify from vegetables or who enjoy being surrounded by beautiful blooms. Flowers are not only gorgeous and satisfying to produce, but they preserve biological diversity for pollinators and insects who feed on nectar and pollen. They are a great...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 18, 2017 on food safety, general organic, international, organic market, research

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years.    As will be shown at the Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, two of the fastest growing markets for organic products are in China and India. Growing awareness of organic production methods and rising disposable incomes are fueling demand for organic and sustainable foods.     Concerns...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 11, 2017 on events

Following the success of the previous seven editions, Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) is announcing the agenda of the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit. Taking place in San Francisco on January 30 and 31, 2018, the executive summit will feature sessions on the health impacts of sustainable foods, food ingredients, and organic and eco-labels.   The two-day summit will bring together leading organizations involved in eco-labels and sustainability in the regional food industry. There are four distinct sessions that will cover the following topics:...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 4, 2017 on general organic, grower

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation's producers this week. The census response deadline is February 5, 2018.   Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more.   "The Census of...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 27, 2017 on advocacy, policy

  Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) meets with farmer Leslie Cooperband, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition    Last week, farmers from across the nation descended upon Washington, DC for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) first 2018 Farm Bill “fly-in”. NSAC’s farmer fly-ins provide farmers and farm/food advocates with the opportunity to speak directly with decision makers in Congress about the issues that most affect their lives, businesses, and communities. On November 8th, NSAC held our first of several fly-ins focused on...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on events, general organic

  Don’t miss From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business, a unique grower roundtable discussion during the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) Keynote Sessions on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Join industry experts as they engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics including opportunities in organic mergers and acquisitions; organic challenges with land, labor, and water; government regulation; and how to meet the growing demand for organic.

   Speakers include: Bill Reiman, Managing Director, Farmer, Gladstone Land Corporation Stan Pura, Founder, Farmer, Mission Ranches...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on events, general organic

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.   The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices.    Leading drivers that support growth in organic and specialty agriculture are coming from consumer trends for healthier...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, events, general organic, research

Sensors that tell growers how much water to use, drones that can fly over operations and assess the health of crops, real-time data at the fingertips of farmers.   It’s not science fiction—it’s the future of agriculture.   In an attempt to streamline operations, increase sustainability, and improve climate resiliency, California farmers are embracing precision agriculture technology. Also known as “smart farming,” precision agriculture uses the latest technological innovations to produce more food while using less resources.   But California farmers are not the only ones adopting this...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, events, policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in collaboration with California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other state entities, are hosting a Public Forum on Managed Groundwater Recharge to Support Sustainable Water Management. This all-day event will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on November 8, 2017, and will bring together a variety of speakers to address recharge opportunities and issues.   Get more information and register.     Groundwater recharge is an important topic for California as the state continues to recover from an historic drought that...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 16, 2017 on events

Six Educational Sessions Finalized for Organic Grower Summit December 13-14, Monterey Hyatt The Organic Grower Summit has finalized the educational component of its inaugural event, including a SOLD OUT exhibition, with a series of inspiring and engaging sessions focused on the production side of organic fresh produce.     A total of six different educational sessions covering an array of subjects from technology to soil optimization will feature some of the industry’s leading experts.   View the full schedule here.    Among the scheduled educational sessions are: “Issues Facing Organic...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 16, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, help and tips

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers     A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.   The 4- to 12-page guides developed by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) address high-value vegetable and cut flower crops grown by many small- and medium-scale farmers. The guides outline basic techniques for tillage, planting, irrigation, weed control, harvesting...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 2, 2017 on advocacy, funding

Sustainable Ag Priorities Included in Bond Measure   In the waning days of the California legislative session, the state legislature passed budget bills AB 109 and AB 134 to allocate $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade funding for fiscal year 2017-18. To the dismay of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) and a wide network of partners, the deal cut funding for the Healthy Soils Program and the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). This is a huge setback for these trailblazing programs.   The Healthy Soils Program funds incentives and demonstration projects for...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 25, 2017 on general organic, grower

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is conducting a national survey of needs and attitudes about crop insurance. Confidential and anonymous, the survey takes just 20 minutes on any computer, smart phone, or other mobile device. It’s open to anyone who is farming and ranching commercially in the United States, and you’ll receive a $20 honorarium for your participation.    Take the survey at www.ncat.org/cropinsurance.   Background: Organic growers have long had limited crop insurance options, putting them at a disadvantage in relation to conventional farms and discouraging many who...

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