Blog posts by Laura Mathias

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, August 19, 2019 on CCOF, farmers markets, general organic, marketing

Use our sturdy "CCOF Certified Organic" signs to promote your certified organic status at farmers' markets, organic processing facilities, your farm gate, and more, or use them as fence markers for your organic fields. Now available double-sided, you can show off your organic status from all angles! Only $40 per sign—get one while supplies last.  Signs are also available in single-sided large, small, and mini sizes. The small and mini sizes are great for identifying organic bins and products at farmers’ markets. Organic enthusiasts are looking for the CCOF sign, so make sure yours is on...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 11, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


AliceWatters

Join us February 26-27 for the CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference–Organic Generation: The Next Era. You’ll hear from a host of inspiring speakers and presenters, including acclaimed chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters; investigative journalist and author of Whitewash Carey Gillam; CEO of the Ceres Community Project Cathryn Couch; and more. Take a look at our full speaker lineup and prepare to be inspired. The event will bring CCOF members and supporters from across North America to Fresno, California–home to generations of organic farmers. There, the program will examine the ongoing...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, January 7, 2019 on CCOF, farm bill, general organic


Hemp

In December, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law after passage earlier in the month by Congress. The new laws contain many wins for organic, including funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Additionally, the new farm bill legalized the commercial production of hemp, which will allow hemp grown in the United States to be certified organic. CCOF has continuously monitored hemp throughout the years in anticipation of this legalization and is prepared to certify hemp...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, January 7, 2019 on CCOF, employment

CCOF Certification Services, LLC is seeking a Chief Certification Officer (CCO). This position is responsible to the Management Committee of CCOF Certification Services, LLC for the successful execution of certification programs. The CCO reports to the CEO of CCOF, Inc. in the CEO’s capacity as chair of the LLC Management Committee and works collaboratively with the executive leadership team to further CCOF’s mission of advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world. Learn more about this position.
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, December 17, 2018 on CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed from December 24 through January 1. We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return. Thank you for your support of organic in 2018! Happy holidays!
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, December 17, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association for the organic community in North America. OTA has a crucial presence in Washington D.C. and is influential in the development of federal organic policies. OTA’s members work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect farming practices and to share the benefits of organic with consumers, media, and policymakers. Working together with OTA allows CCOF to join with other farmers, processors, handlers, and stakeholders to advocate nationally for the organic principles we all...
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 Laura Mathias on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF

CCOF is launching a series of upgrades to www.ccof.org in the coming weeks to better serve the needs of our members. This week, you’ll see changes on our homepage, making it easier to find news relevant to your organic business. In the coming weeks, the site will be easier to navigate, with all the tools you know and love at the tips of your fingers. 
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, September 25, 2017 on CCOF

The voting period for amendments to CCOF’s membership ends October 2, 2017.    Thank you to all who have already voted! Your vote in this important matter helps us accomplish our mission.   If you haven’t already, please check your mailbox or email inbox for these important materials. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these revisions to the bylaws. The amendments to the bylaws will allow the board to form chapters to include currently unrepresented members, improve board operations, and support growth of the CCOF Foundation.    About the Amendments   The amendments to the bylaws will...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, September 11, 2017 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, general organic

The application deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is fast approaching!    Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2017.   All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, July 10, 2017 on cost share, general organic

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2017 applications, but only a few months remain to apply for funds. Through this program, eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Eligible operations can also receive a refund of California State Organic Program registration fees. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 8, 2017 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, general organic

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2017 applications!   This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. Beginning in 2017, operations located in California can also receive a refund of their State Organic Program registration fees.    Certification cost share helps keep organic certification accessible for all, from the smallest to largest organic operations. Cost share...
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 Monday, September 12, 2016 on cost share, fees, financial assistance

The application deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is fast approaching! Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2016. All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. CCOF has made it easy to apply with Cost Share forms and instructions and a checklist...
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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