From Field to Forum

Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, July 6, 2015 on

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2015 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. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2015. At this point, over 300 CCOF-certified members have applied....
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, June 22, 2015 on CCOF

CCOF’s website is used by certified members and the public every day to access certification forms and assistance, purchase merchandise, read and post classifieds, register for CCOF events, and find valuable information about organic certification. We offer advertising on some of our most popular pages.  New! Digital ad bundle places your ad on these pages: Classifieds, Organic Directory, Contact Us, and the Materials Search webpages (requires a login) found in MyCCOF. The digital ad bundle is $975 per quarter, and receives ~2,600 page views per month.  Blog ads, in our popular From Field to...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, June 15, 2015 on grants, water


The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation last year, is open for applications through June 29. The program provides funding to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation measures that reduce their water use and greenhouse gas emissions.  The maximum grant award is $150,000 and can be used to improve irrigation and energy-use efficiency on California farms and ranches. Examples of fundable activities include the following:replacing flood or furrow irrigation systems with drip or micro irrigation, converting from fossil fuel-...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Friday, June 5, 2015 on marketing, policy, research

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline for the public to submit alternative or partial proposals on a new industry-funded organic promotion order until July 20, 2015.The USDA will consider the submitted proposals prior to publishing a proposed Organic, Promotion, Research, and Information Order that would create an industry-funded promotion and research program for organic products under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.Where to Submit ProposalsInterested parties should submit their proposals to Organic Promotion, Research, and...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Friday, June 5, 2015 on livestock, policy, regulatory, standards

Submit your comments today on the National Organic Program’s (NOP) proposed rule on Origin of Livestock.About the Origin of Livestock Proposed RuleAfter years of anticipation, the NOP recently published a proposed rule that updates and clarifies organic requirements related to the transition of nonorganic dairy animals to organic production. The proposed rule states that milk or milk products labeled or sold as organic must come from dairy animals that have been managed organically since the last third of gestation, but that the NOP will make a one-time allowance for a producer to transition...
Written by Sarah Watters on Monday, June 1, 2015 on certification process, get certification help, help and tips, services


We are excited to announce significant improvements to two helpful areas of the CCOF website: Forms & Documents and Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These sections are designed to help make the certification process simple and are now more user-friendly than ever before! Forms & Documents is a great resource for certified members looking for record-keeping worksheets, certification forms, helpful flyers, and more. Need to add acreage, facilities, materials, or products? Want to expedite your certification or transfer a parcel? Looking for information on cost share or...
Written by Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, marketing


Postcards

Our popular "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are back! This informational postcard will help you educate shoppers about certified organic. These cards promote buying certified organic, explain what "certified organic" means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Place your complimentary order (limit 100 per operation) now! These complimentary marketing materials are available in limited supply. Postcards will be shipped the first week of June. "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards have been made available through the generous sponsorship of:     This is a project of...
Written by Laura McKissack 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 Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on grants, member news


Grocery

CCOF certified retailer Whole Foods Market is in the final countdown for selecting recipients of their Small Producer Grant. Small Producer Grant winners will get the opportunity to receive donations as part of Whole Foods Market's "5% Day" on June 10 when 5% of that day's net sales are donated. The national retailer expects to award about $5,000 to 40 local makers through this program. Recipients can use the money to buy ingredients, put a down payment on a delivery vehicle, or develop in any other way they see fit. CCOF is thrilled to see some of our certified organic members among the 60...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, May 18, 2015 on


Grocery Bags

We are in the final stretch of voting for the New Leaf Community Markets Envirotokens boards and we need your help! Each year CCOF competes for a spot on these boards. Every time a customer brings their own reusable bag at New Leaf store locations, they are awarded a 10¢ token to donate to a local nonprofit. To qualify for the boards, these nonprofits are required to maintain a goal of helping the environment and conserve resources. CCOF proudly adheres to this requirement. We are honored to have been included on these boards for many years. Envirotoken donations support CCOF’s education and...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, May 18, 2015 on events, help and tips, marketing


Calendar

Did you know that ccof.org has an online submission for agricultural and organic events? The CCOF community calendar has trainings, webinars, and other opportunities for the organic industry. Partner organizations can submit their events for the calendar. Events are also highlighted in our weekly newsletter. It’s easy and fast! Share your event with our membership today.
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, May 4, 2015 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding


The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 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. CCOF is standing by to help members with documentation required by the state, including receipts for fees paid to CCOF and verification that you are certified. CCOF encourages all members to apply for the refunds; whether your operation needs the funds or not, applying...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, May 4, 2015 on

Each year CCOF competes for a spot on the New Leaf Community Markets Envirotokens boards, and we need your vote! Every time a customer brings their own reusable bag at New Leaf store locations, they are awarded a 10¢ token to donate to a local nonprofit. To qualify for the boards, these nonprofits are required to maintain a goal of helping the environment and conserve resources. CCOF proudly adheres to this requirement.   We are honored to have been included on these boards for many years and we need your help to remain a recipient of these donations. Envirotoken donations support CCOF’s...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, May 4, 2015 on NOSB

Apply today to fill one of five openings on the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB). Applications are due June 15, 2015. About the NOSB The NOSB is a 15-member volunteer board that gives recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture related to the implementation of the federal Organic Foods Act. The board recommends what substances should be allowed in organic production, helps develop organic standards, and provides other guidance on organic production and handling regulations. NOSB members are appointed for five-year terms and are expected to attend meetings twice a year, participate...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, April 27, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants


Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

We want you to apply for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund! The fund is open between now and May 15, 2015. Join the ranks of organic students and teachers across the country who are studying and learning about organic agriculture. Join the CCOF community of Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund awardees and support your classroom projects and academic and vocational studies! K-8th Grade: Look at Agriculture… Organically! Grants It's never too soon for teachers to spark their students' interest in organic! We will be awarding 20 grants of $1,000 for K-8 classrooms nationally through a...

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