From Field to Forum

Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, May 8, 2017 on chapters, general organic

Spring is a time of year that brings the joy of life to the forefront for all of us who work in agriculture. The CCOF Chapters have been buzzing with spring activity over the last month and two chapters conducted elections.    On April 6, the Pacific Southwest Chapter held a meeting in Escondido. Eric Larson, executive of the San Diego Farm Bureau, gave a presentation on important issues facing the farming community, such as the regional Water Board Agricultural Order and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, as well as issues concerning labor and immigrant worker rights. The chapter also...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 8, 2017 on events


The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California, is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production supply chain and support service providers. Trade show booth registration for the event is now open! OGS exhibitors will represent the following industries: Organic production Service and supply chain management Seed Packaging Soil amendments Food Safety Equipment/machinery Crop protection Ag technology...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 8, 2017 on advocacy, events, standards

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will host its next meeting on May 18, 2017 in Sacramento and will vote to finalize the Healthy Soils Program framework. The Healthy Soils Initiative has five goals: Protect and restore soil organic matter in California’s soils. Establish a Healthy Soils Program that is implemented through the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel with funding from CDFA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and from the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 8, 2017 on advocacy, education, events, grower, handler, water

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture. The forum will be held at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on May 25, 2017. The agenda includes a full day of discussion from Israeli and Californian officials and researchers speaking on water and agriculture issues. Registration for the forum costs $40 and includes lunch. The forum will cover...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 8, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Leah Desposato is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University (MSU) studying environmental sustainability and horticulture. She loves all aspects of organic farming, from eating delicious, freshly-harvested ginger, to feeling strong after a long day in the fields. Desposato is a student manager at the Bailey GREENhouse & Urban Farm as well as a crew member of the MSU Student Organic Farm. She thrives off the creativity that farming entails: from the literal creation to problem solving. In her free time, Desposato loves to read fiction novels, bicycle, backpack, and travel. She...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 8, 2017 on advocacy, regulatory, standards

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released proposed regulations for California’s cannabis cultivation and licensing program. Members of the public can submit written comments on the proposed regulations until 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017. Detailed instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the CDFA website. Written comments can be submitted through a printable postcard or should be addressed and mailed to: Rachelle Kennedy Department of Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing 1220 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Comments can also be...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 1, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Kiley Clark is an aspiring farmer who knows a thing or two about food. Prior to enrolling in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Santa Rosa Junior College, Clark worked in various positions in kitchens around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last 10 years, she has worked her way from assisting with pastries at a five-star French restaurant, to becoming a bread baker, to managing the kitchen for a food truck. Clark has seen a lot of fruits and vegetables—some mediocre, some downright frightening. Cooking has elicited a curiosity in Clark for a greater understanding our...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 1, 2017 on advocacy, policy, State Organic Program

California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross recently appointed several CCOF members and President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC Jake Lewin to the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC). COPAC is a 15-member committee, which advises the secretary on administration of the California State Organic Program (SOP) as well as education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers. Lewin is the first appointee to COPAC’s new certifier seat. He will bring over 20 years of organic certification experience and leadership to the committee. Lewin’s expertise...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 1, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, policy

President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture, George Erwin “Sonny” Perdue III has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office. As head of USDA, Secretary Perdue oversees the National Organic Program. During the Senate confirmation process, Secretary Perdue indicated support for USDA promotion of organic and an understanding of consumer demand for organic products. CCOF congratulated Secretary Perdue and will continue to advocate for organic priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, April 24, 2017 on advocacy, farm bill, policy

The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold its second 2018 Farm Bill hearing in Frankenmuth, Michigan on May 6, 2017. The farm bill is a hefty piece of legislation passed by Congress every five years that sets the nation’s food and agriculture policies. Consisting of 12 major sections or titles, the farm bill sets the rules for commodity, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, and crop insurance programs. The current farm bill was approved in 2014, and Congress is now preparing to pass a...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 24, 2017 on financial assistance, funding, regulatory

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through May 5, 2017. This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2013. CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and to implement additional conservation activities on land in production. Through CSP, participants take steps to improve soil, water, air...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, April 17, 2017 on advocacy, policy, regulatory

Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California’s 1st district will host a town hall meeting in Redding, California on April 19, 2017. California’s 1st district is comprised of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Tehama counties, and portions of CCOF’s North Valley and Sierra Gold chapters. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman LaMalfa plays a key role in the creation and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. He also is a member of the House Organic Caucus, a bipartisan group of House members who are interested in organic agriculture...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 17, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler


To Our New Partners at CCOF, We hope you saw the recent media coverage announcing the first-ever Organic Grower Summit, an informative and engaging event designed to bring together producers of organic fresh food with service and supply partners coming this December to Monterey, California. Hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), the Organic Grower Summit will feature organic growers, producers, and handlers from fresh produce, dairy, meat, and grain sectors connecting with service providers, packaging and technology companies, equipment manufacturers, and other companies...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, April 17, 2017 on advocacy, policy, research

April 19, 2017 is the last day to submit comments on the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order, commonly known as the Organic Check-Off. After extending the deadline by 60 days, the National Organic Program has received over 3,500 comments on the program. The Organic Check-Off would create a 17-member governance board of stakeholders who would decide on allocating research, promotion, and technical assistance funds. The proposed program would generate funds from all organic operations (farms, ranches, processors, handlers, and importers). Organic operations would contribute one-...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, April 17, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


In 2005 Dale (Phillip) Anneler's grandfather bought 40 acres of land in a rural area and put Anneler’s name on the deed. He always told Anneler that this land could pay for itself if he used his head and was smart. When his grandfather died in 2008 and his father fell ill, he began to see the importance of fresh organic produce in his diet. After a long battle, his father lost his fight with cancer and Philip decided it was time to use his head and be smart just like his grandfather said. For the most part, Anneler has focused on using the land raising livestock and poultry rather than...

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