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Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 23, 2018 on policy, regulatory

The three California state cannabis licensing authorities released their proposed permanent regulations. Each licensing authority will accept public comments on their proposed regulations until 5:00 p.m. on August 27, 2018. California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing divisions’ proposed regulations cover cannabis cultivators. Written comments may be submitted to CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing via mail or email. Emailed comments should be submitted with the subject line “Comments on Cannabis Cultivation Regulations” to CalCannabisRegs@cdfa....
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 23, 2018 on biodiversity, financial assistance, funding

The state of California is offering $57 million in grants to help the food processing industry cut emissions and energy use. “This type of support not only helps the industry reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but it helps the industry remain competitive so jobs associated with food production remain in California,” said California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller in a news release. Food processing is one of largest users of energy in California, according to the California Energy Commission. That use included 7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 500...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, July 23, 2018 on chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new CCOF Central Coast Chapter President Javier Zamora of JSM Organics and new Chapter Secretary Lori Fiorovich of Crystal Bay Farms. We would also like to thank re-elected leaders, Toby Garrone of Far West Fungi, vice president; Christine Coke of Coke Farms, treasurer; and Grant Brians of Heirloom Organic Gardens as board representative.  Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15 chapters. Chapters are the primary way that our members convey their issues and suggestions to CCOF. The 15 CCOF chapters...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to produce high-protein-based organic poultry feed by raising crickets, meal worms, and earthworms. There is also another specialty market in crickets and meal worms for pet use, i.e., for lizards, small snakes, and other reptiles. This is a small scope project with a start of 1,500 insects. My parents own poultry to test products and record production differences between store pellets and my products. This Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be sustainable by selling my products to local poultry producers.   Congratulations Matt!   Please join us in congratulating the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 16, 2018 on advocacy, biodiversity, general organic

Greenpeace USA launched a campaign in January 2018 to protect California’s climate and combat the impacts of climate change. As we know, California is a unique state, especially in its important role as a major source of the nation’s food—the food that farmers help bring to our tables every day. The state’s farming community has been highly affected by our changing climate and experiences the negative consequences firsthand, from increased wildfires, mudslides, and smog, to more severe droughts and rising sea levels. Greenpeace understands that we must support our farmers and the agricultural...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 16, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


This is the second year that I received a Future Organic Farmer Grant for my National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) to raise organic market swine. I plan to buy a hog and enough organic feed to last me the length of my project, which is from March to July. I will go to any swine educations meetings my FFA offers and work with my teachers to learn more about organic agriculture, so I can expand my organic SAE.   Congratulations Laila!   Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, pests and pesticides

A blog entry written by Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia, entomologist with Cooperative Extension Monterey County, reports that bagrada bug adults were found on shortpod mustard plants north of Soledad and near King City. While no nymphs or eggs were found, their offspring may be moving into adjacent cole crops soon.    Newly planted or early-stage mustard family crops are most at risk from bagrada bug damage. Dr. Del Pozo-Valdivia encourages PCAs to check crops that fit this description in areas surrounding Soledad and King City.   No bagrada was found earlier this season in the San Ardo area,...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, policy, standards

CCOF submitted a comment to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or GMO food labeling rule. The deadline for comments was July 3, 2018.   CCOF’s comment was rooted in the following principles, for which CCOF advocated in previous comments: Labels must have clear statements that include the term “GMO.” Electronic or digital links are not sufficient to communicate to consumers.  Protect the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations defining bioengineering and related terms.  Organic certification is sufficient to make a “not...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on general organic, NOP

The National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar on the upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule on July 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will provide an overview on the proposed rule and opportunities for stakeholders to submit feedback.   Webinar Logistics   Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2018    Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time   To participate, access the meeting website: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3lysp7ou67ay&eom.   For questions about the webinar, please contact the NOP at (202) 720-8556. 
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 9, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) will be selling organic heirloom starts—including numerous varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, basil, and others—to people in our area, as an alternative to what is commercially sold to consumers at large national retailers. However, I need a complete greenhouse for my SAE. Our farm has everything in place for one: electricity, water, and frames. I only need to install plastic, end walls, and build tables for seed trays. With a completed greenhouse I will be able to get seeds in soil well before the last...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, July 2, 2018 on CCOF, general organic

CCOF and Demeter are pleased to announce a partnership to offer dual organic and Biodynamic inspections for those clients that wish to be both. In recent weeks, Demeter and CCOF have been working diligently to align inspectors and their farm and processor inspection schedules to make dual inspections possible, thereby saving clients money and time.     Demeter and CCOF are excited to announce this partnership because it emphasizes the synergies and collaboration that are possible between organic and Biodynamic certification and farmer education, while allowing each organization to focus on...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, July 2, 2018 on advocacy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has convened a Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) to provide input to the OTA Board of Directors and staff on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture.    CCOF is accepting applications for appointment to the FAC. Applications are due July 13. Under the terms of CCOF and OTA’s strategic partnership, the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors may appoint up to five farmers to FAC.   To apply, contact Jane Sooby at (831) 346-6239. She can help you complete the simple application form.    FAC members must participate in quarterly conference calls....
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 2, 2018 on advocacy

Three producer and six producer alternate positions are currently open on the California Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee. The Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee advises the California Secretary of Agriculture and the CDFA Certified Farmers’ Market Program. The committee is comprised of 6 producers, 6 certified farmers’ market operators, 1 consumer, and 1 county agricultural commissioner with an alternate for each position. Each member serves a 2-year term.   The focus of the committee is on: Promoting the demand and consumption of agricultural products purchases...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 2, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I live on a small organic dairy farm and own a herd of 150 Red and White Holstein dairy cows and heifers. After a financially difficult year of transitioning to organic, my farm became officially certified organic on May 1, 2017.  In 2016, my farm was only milking 20 dairy cows, however, my herd has rapidly increased and I am now milking 70 cows. I want to put an organic pest management program in place to control the fly population on my farm, however, I cannot do so without financial assistance. The severe fly problem resulted in pinkeye which caused eye damage and blindness in my dairy...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, June 25, 2018 on advocacy, policy

CCOF is accepting applications for appointment to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Farmers Advisory Council (FAC). Applications are due July 13, and CCOF staff can help you complete the simple application.   FAC provides the OTA Board of Directors and staff with critical input from small- and medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers, and growers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda.   The CCOF Board of Directors may appoint up to five farmers to FAC under the terms of CCOF and OTA’s strategic partnership. FAC members...

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