From Field to Forum

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Mark O’Loughlin Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 5, 2015 on advocacy, policy

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop all state and local regulation of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO labeling requirements. The vote was 275 in favor and 150 opposed. The bill, dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, was widely seen as an effort to undermine state-level labeling of GMO foods. CCOF wrote letters to representatives who voted on both sides of the issue, praising those who voted against it and expressing disappointment toward those who supported it. At this time, there is no...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 5, 2015 on advocacy, general organic, research

National policies, issues, and institutions affect organic farmers, yet we lack a strong presence to ensure that the certified organic farmer’s viewpoint, needs, and concerns are represented in the national arena. To address this situation, several organic farming organizations have been discussing building a more effective and clearer voice for certified organic farmers. We are proud of certified organic’s growth and growing prominence in the marketplace, and believe now is the time that farmers, who are at the core of this success, establish a focused and strong voice. To ensure we are...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 5, 2015 on food safety

Are you an organic processor who is looking for food safety certification for your products? Are your buyers requiring a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety certification, or requesting third party audit reports prior to approving a sale? CCOF can help. In addition to CCOF’s food safety services for growers, we are now pleased to give our processor members access to a variety of food safety certifications at a discounted rate through an arrangement with the Food Quality Alliance (FQA). These certifications include: British Retail Consortium (BRC) – GFSI-benchmarked...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, October 5, 2015 on directory, marketing

Tuesday, November 4 is the deadline for your ad space reservation in the 2016 Organic Directory & Resource Guide! Directory prices at a glance: Business card - $450* Quarter page - $795* Half page - $1,295* Full page - $1,875* *Business Partner pricing View all of our advertising rates. The Organic Directory & Resource Guide is a full color publication that we print annually. 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...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Summit trade show in Atlanta from October 23-25. Come by booth #2410 to talk about organic certification, food safety certification for organic operations, and more. You can also follow along on our Twitter account, where we’ll be tweeting from the show. We hope to see you there!
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Justin Moran Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, September 28, 2015 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOP, NOSB, policy

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before the October 8th deadline. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)* will meet October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, to review organic materials and standards. The long list of materials up for review by NOSB during this meeting includes humic acids, parasiticides, and colors used in processing. Your operation may be affected! To advocate on your behalf, CCOF will submit comments on materials and standards. . . . . . but NOSB needs to hear from you, too! Advocate for and protect the integrity of organic...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation were thrilled to host the First Annual Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Dinner in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, September 17. Cathy Calfo, CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO, and Melody Meyer, the UNFI Foundation’s Executive Director, hosted CCOF Board Members, grant fund supporters, and two grant fund recipients for an organic dinner at Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar. Calfo and Meyer spoke about the impetus for the fund—the aging farmer population and the lack of educational and financial resources to train new organic farmers—and how they raised $50,000...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Margaret GoolsbyUniversity of California...
Written by Guest Blogger on Friday, September 25, 2015 on rating system

In July CCOF and Whole Foods Market announced that productive discussions between organic farmers and the retailer would result in adjustments to Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Grown rating system. Read more about this announcement on our blog. Following is a list of the proposed adjustments and a report from Vice President of Procurement – Perishables Edmund LaMacchia on their status. Certified organic produce and flowers will be granted a minimum rating of “Good” until January 1, 2016. No certified organic produce will be labeled as “Unrated.” Done   Whole Foods Market will adjust...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, grants


News that many of our organic operations have been impacted by the wildfires raging throughout California has rippled through the CCOF offices this week. Inspectors, chapter members, and certified members have called to see how CCOF can lend a hand. CCOF’s Bricmont Fund is poised to help organic operations in their time of need, but we have limited funds to give away as hardship assistance grants this year. We need your help to raise additional funds to support wildfire victims in California. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to organic farmers affected by the fires. The CCOF...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Daniel Donate Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF

Are you a member of the organic food industry, but not certified by CCOF? Do you want to get involved with CCOF at the governance level? Are you a CCOF member who knows someone who may fit this criteria? The CCOF Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting. 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...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 21, 2015 on advocacy, financial assistance, policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) continues to refine crop insurance options for organic growers. The latest change is that more crops are eligible for coverage at the organic or contracted price instead of at the conventional price. For crop year 2016, RMA has added barley, cabbage, cranberries, cultivated wild rice, dry peas, forages (including alfalfa in some states), grass seed, onions, potatoes, processing clingstone peaches, rye, sugarcane, safflower, and wheat to the list of crops that can be insured for their organic price. Now, a total of 47 crops are...

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