From Field to Forum

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 14, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, general organic

Your CCOF membership bylaws voting material will arrive at the end of the month.   To ensure that all CCOF certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish additional chapters. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these bylaws revisions.   Learn more about the reason for amendments.   Based on the quorum requirement for bylaws amendments, at least 10 percent of certified members must complete the...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 14, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, general organic, policy, regulatory


Photo, left to right: Grant Brians, CCOF Board of Directors member; Laura Batcha, OTA; Melody Meyer, UNFI; Sam Farr, retired Congressman; Karen Ross, California Secretary of Agriculture; Mark Lipson, organic farmer & OFRF senior policy and program specialist. CCOF-certified farmers and CCOF staff presented testimony at two farm bill listening sessions convened in California last week.   A listening session in Modesto on August 5 attracted an audience of over 250 to present their farm bill priorities to members of the House Agriculture Committee Michael Conaway (R-Texas...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 14, 2017 on education, funding, general organic

CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program is now accepting applications for grants to farmers and ranchers who implement on-farm practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or store carbon in soil, trees, and shrubs. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2017.    The CCOF Foundation has funding through the California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) to provide support for the Healthy Soils applications of small, organic, and disadvantaged growers. Please contact Jessy Parr at jparr@ccof.org for more information.    The Healthy Soils Incentives Program will provide...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, August 14, 2017 on general organic, marketing

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2018 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Pricing will increase on October 1, 2017, so place your order now!    The Organic Directory and Resource Guide is a full color publication printed annually by CCOF. This directory includes all of our certified organic farmers, processors, handlers, packers, and retailers, and lists organic crops, livestock, processed products, and business services. In addition to our certified members and Business Partners who receive the Organic Directory and Resource...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 14, 2017 on chapters, events

2017 CCOF Pacific Southwest Organic Symposium Farmers for Farmers: Growing Together Hosted by the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Leichtag Foundation, Encinitas, California Thank you sponsors, for making this day possible! “A” Game Organic Chicken Manure ⬧ Archi’s Acres/AISA ⬧ Beck Grove & La Vigne Organics ⬧ California Organic Fertilizers ⬧ California Production Services (CPS) ⬧ Fusion Solar ⬧ Grangetto’s ⬧ Jimbo’s…Naturally! ⬧ Kellogg Garden Products ⬧ KooL Ranch ⬧ Locus Agricultural Solutions ⬧ Rio del Rey Heirloom Beans ⬧ Solar Rain ⬧...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 14, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Abigail DeVries is a highly passionate and motivated earth steward and change agent seeking opportunities to reconnect people with their community, land, food, and themselves. Her journey to discovering and falling in love with diversified organic farming has been long and not so straightforward. She came to it first with a love of a very specific piece of land that her grandparents owned in Northwestern Illinois. The daughter of a missionary pastor, DeVries spent a rather unorthodox childhood hopping around the globe from calling to calling—mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa—returning every...
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 Kelly Damewood on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, NOP, policy, regulatory

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Organic Program (SOP) is accepting public comments on a recent proposal to expand crop reporting requirements. Comments must be submitted no later than September 11, 2017.    Background   The SOP is a state-administered enforcement arm of the National Organic Program (NOP). It investigates complaints of fraud and monitors the organic marketplace to ensure a level playing field for certified organic operations. To assist in its duties, the SOP requires all organic producers to annually register with the state.   The proposed rule would...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, policy, regulatory

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via web conference on August 14, 2017 at 1:00–3:00 p.m. to discuss hydroponics in organic food production.    Access the web conference at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3itgag2r7btt&eom.   CCOF highly encourages stakeholders and those interested to listen into the web conference.   NOSB is a federal advisory committee composed of 15 volunteers representing farmers; handlers; environmental protection and resource conservation; public interest and consumer groups; toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; retailers; and organic certifying...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, general organic, policy, regulatory

When Congress takes its August recess and Members go home to their districts, it’s a great time to meet with them directly. This year, it’s an especially good time for farmers to express their thoughts directly on the farm bill coming for renewal in 2018. This week I had the pleasure of sitting in with organic growers from Butte County, California when they met with their Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville).   Hosting the meeting were members of Lundberg Family Farms, organic rice producers and processors.  Other growers joining the meeting were Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards and CCOF...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 7, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressman Jim Costa will host a roundtable discussion with Ranking Member Collin Peterson of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee.   The roundtable will be held from 9:30am to 11:00 a.m. at:   Hartnell Community College – Steinbeck Hall 411 Central Ave.  Salinas, CA 93901   CCOF highly encourages members to attend the meeting and advocate on behalf of the organic community. The roundtable is a rare opportunity for stakeholders to speak to three congressmen on the important House Agriculture Committee as they work...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, July 31, 2017 on education, general organic


Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,   It seems we say this every year, but it’s not a bad refrain to repeat: You enacted real change to better the organic community in 2016.   There’s no other organization in the nation like CCOF. The strength of CCOF’s 100 percent organic focus is outshined only by the powerful vision for organic of those who govern our organization: certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, and handlers. These individuals move the needle on growing organic every day by running successful organic businesses, but their involvement with CCOF takes that dedication even...
Written by Catherine Hsu on Monday, July 31, 2017 on financial assistance, funding, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, general organic

Donate to the CCOF Foundation – help us support future and current organic farmers. Heleigh Jones, 2017 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Winner   As summer wraps up across the country, the CCOF Foundation is opening the 2017 Annual Campaign to continue our work to bring health to our world through organic agriculture.    Your donation will support: The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund – educate a new generation of organic farmers. The Organic Training Institute – provide organic-specific technical assistance to 750 producers.  The Bricmont Fund – offer a helping hand to organic producers in...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 31, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

Members of the United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee will host a roundtable discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday, August 10, 2017.    Congressmen Jimmy Panetta and Jim Costa will be joined by House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson to gather California’s Central Coast’s farm bill priorities from 9:30 am to 11:00 a.m. at:    Hartnell Community College – Steinbeck Hall 411 Central Ave.  Salinas, CA 93901   The event is a rare opportunity for producers on the Central Coast to contribute to the national discussions that will help form the 2018...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 31, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

Modesto, California will host the next House Committee on Agriculture’s farm bill listening session. The session will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at: Modesto Junior College West Campus – ACE Ag Pavilion Brink Ave. & Shoemaker Ave. Modesto, CA 95385   Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson are hosting the session to gather input from farmers and stakeholders that will help them form the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill includes funding to the National Organic Program (NOP), the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, the Organic...

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