From Field to Forum

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 31, 2016 on regulatory, water

All farming operations, including those that are certified organic, that are producing commercial crops on irrigated land on California’s central coast must enroll in the Central Coast Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and comply with the Agricultural Order requirements. Fines of up to $1,000 per day may be assessed on operations who fail to enroll. Operations that have been notified they must enroll and fail to do so are most at risk of being fined. To find out which of the nine regional water quality control boards in which your operation is located, please navigate to this map and type in...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 31, 2016 on water

COPA is organizing conversations and house meetings in East Salinas around issues of water and the new Groundwater Sustainability Agency that is being created. COPA is an organization of 24 member institutions throughout the region that work together on issues that emerge out of conversations like these. If you are interested in participating in one of these conversations, please contact the COPA office at 831-728-3210. *** This article was submitted by Rosa Vitela of Communities Organized for Relational Power In Action (COPA).
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 31, 2016 on espanol, water

COPA está organizando conversaciones y reuniones de casa en el este de Salinas en torno a cuestiones del agua y la nueva implementación de la Agencia de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea (Groundwater Sustainability Agency) que está siendo creada. COPA es una organización de 24 instituciones miembros a través de la región que trabajan juntas en temas que surgen de conversaciones como esta, y si a usted le interesaría participar en una de estas conversaciones, favor de ponerse en contacto con la oficina de COPA al 831-728-3210. ***  Escrito por Rosa Vitela de Communities Organized for...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 31, 2016 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

The national Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of national legislation for the agricultural sector. The Farm Bill provides funding for an array of programs that serve farmers and ranchers. It comes up for renewal by the United States Congress every five years. To prepare for the next Farm Bill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging producers and handlers to participate in a Farm Bill survey to provide feedback on new policy priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. The brief survey addresses production concerns; marketing, funding, regulatory, research, and extension...
Written by Jane Sooby on Friday, October 21, 2016 on advocacy, funding, policy

Two grantmaking programs that fund organic work are now open for proposals. The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is accepting research proposals. OFRF is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2016. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in early spring 2017. OFRF offers funding for research on...
Written by Guest Blogger on Friday, October 21, 2016 on pests and pesticides, research


A California Deptartment of Food and Agriculture grant proposal, Biological Control of Bagrada Bug, Bagrada Hilaris (Pentatomidae), was selected for funding by the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. This project will provide a sustainable pest management strategy for suppressing this pest in California. First reported in the United States in 2008, the bagrada bug has spread throughout agricultural areas of Imperial and Riverside counties, up through the Central Valley, and along the coast from San Diego to Monterey Bay. Currently, the only means for controlling this pest is the use of...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Friday, October 21, 2016 on directory

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2016 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Deadline for ad space reservation is November 7, 2016. The Organic Directory and Resource Guide reaches all of our certified members and Business Partners along with retail buyers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and consumers who seek us out at tradeshows and events to pick up their copies and tell us how beneficial it is to their business. We will distribute 5,000 copies in 2017. The organic industry has grown by 11% over the past year, and continues to grow...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 17, 2016 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOSB, policy

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting agenda and supporting materials are available for review and public comment.  The NOSB will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, November 16-18, 2016. Written comments and signups for oral comment are due October 26.  The NOSB will discuss and vote on many important topics, including:  Crop materials scheduled for sunset in 2018, including copper sulfate, calcium chloride, and peracetic acid Bioponics (hydroponics and aquaponics) and container-based production  Strengthening guidance on organic seed and planting stock  Handling materials...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 3, 2016 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOSB, policy

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will discuss and vote on recommendations concerning organic production at its upcoming meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, November 16-18, 2016. We encourage you to review the meeting agenda and supporting materials and submit a comment on issues impacting your operation. Meeting Topics and Materials The NOSB will discuss and vote on many important topics, including: Hydroponic/aquaponic/bioponic/aeroponic and container-based production Crop materials scheduled for sunset in 2018 including: Copper sulfate Calcium chloride Peracetic acid...
Written by Val George on Monday, October 3, 2016 on CCOF

CCOF Certification Services, LLC is seeking three certification specialists to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic farm (crop/livestock) certification. The certification specialist positions will be open in early December, and recruitment has begun. These positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally-accredited organic certification program. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. Certification specialists require knowledge of...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, September 26, 2016 on advocacy, policy, State Organic Program

On Wednesday, September 21, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1826–the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA)–into law! COFFA was sponsored by CCOF and authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone to streamline State Organic Program registration for thousands of organic farmers throughout California. The unwavering support of CCOF members helped COFFA sail through the California State Assembly and Senate with unanimous support in favor. Passage of COFFA will: Eliminate duplicative paperwork for certified organic farmers by allowing accredited certifying agents like CCOF to...
Written by Tessa Rosichan on Monday, September 26, 2016 on CCOF

The CCOF Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee. The LLC Management Committee is appointed by the board and has the responsibility to control and manage the business and affairs of CCOF Certification Services, LLC. The board looks for applicants who have a background in the organic industry (preferably with an understanding of organic certification) and who have experience in business management, including human resource, financial, and program management. It is important to note that CCOF-...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 26, 2016 on advocacy, policy, seeds

The seed industry is one of the most consolidated in agriculture, and it's getting worse. Bayer recently announced that it reached a merger agreement with Monsanto, which will create the world's largest supplier in seeds and agricultural chemicals. DuPont and Dow, and ChemChina and Syngenta, have also announced agreements to merge. If the Department of Justice (DOJ) allows these three mega-mergers to move forward, three corporations will sell nearly 60% of the world's seed. This level of concentration will have grave impacts on U.S. agriculture, including organic. We know that consolidation...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, September 26, 2016 on directory, marketing

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2017 Organic Directory and Resource Guide. Pricing increases on October 1, 2016, so place your order now! You’ll also want to make sure to get your order in early because 2017 advertising has been selling out at record rates. Make sure you’re included! 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...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 26, 2016 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging producers and handlers to participate in OTA’s Farm Bill survey to provide feedback on new policy priorities for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. Major topics that are addressed in the survey include production concerns; marketing, funding, regulatory, research, and extension barriers; and past Farm Bill evaluation. Each survey is confidential and contains questions specifically focused on producers and handlers. OTA will use this information to help shape its policy priorities for the next Farm Bill. For more information, contact OTA’s Joe Brady...

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