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Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 on food safety, general organic

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, growers using a treated Biological Soil Amendment of Animal Origin (BSAAO), such as compost, are required to keep documentation that the amendment was properly treated, handled, and stored before being applied to a produce field. This documentation is especially important as growers prepare for FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance and inspections. Though FDA does not have jurisdiction over companies that supply treated BSAAOs, suppliers should be prepared to provide this documentation to growers as needed. This factsheet...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 on general organic, policy

USDA released an interim final rule to establish a domestic hemp production program. The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to establish a regulatory framework for hemp production. The framework will work in tandem with state production plans which must be submitted to USDA for review and approval. Hemp producers must comply with both USDA’s and their state’s regulations on the production of hemp.  The interim rule is effective October 31, 2019 through November 1, 2021. The interim final rule is open for public comment until December 30, 2019 using Regulations.gov docket number AMS_FRDOC_0001-1919...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, November 11, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Anandi Gandhi

Originally from India, Anandi Gandhi is currently an agroecology apprentice at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems based on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. Over the last 10 years, Gandhi has gained experience in regenerative design, organic farming, environmental education and research through working in both India and the United States. Gandhi hopes to use her agriculture training to work with farmers at the edges of where wildlife and farmlands meet and struggle for space and survival. Congratulations Anandi! Please join us in congratulating the...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, November 4, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, policy

Walk the halls of the Golden State Capitol with CCOF as we sow the seeds for a nationwide movement. At our Rooting for Organic advocacy day on February 19, 2020 in Sacramento, California, stakeholders from across the organic sector will advocate for policies that support the growth of organic agriculture and increase access to organic foods. Together, we will showcase a model for advancing organic with policies that combat climate change; stimulate local economies; and enhance the health of farmers, farmworkers, and diverse consumers around the world.  Your voice and expertise can drive...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, November 4, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, general organic

Vote in your chapter election to ensure your business has a voice in CCOF’s governance!  Processor/Handler Chapter members (your client ID starts with a “pr”): click here to vote now.  San Luis Obispo Chapter members (your client ID starts with an “sl”): click here to vote now.  The deadline to vote is Tuesday, November 12 at 12:00 p.m. Why Vote? CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members across the United States and Mexico. Chapter leaders have the unique opportunity to leverage the collective power of CCOF’s membership and staff to advance organic. Supported by CCOF...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 4, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


The Farm Project

Remember to secure your seats (and your colleagues’!) for the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit on December 4. Join us to hear all about Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik’s The Farm Project when Pechenik delivers the keynote speech for the evening while guests enjoy a certified-organic, three-course meal at the Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center. All proceeds benefit the  programs of the CCOF Foundation that provide education and financial support for current and future organic professionals.  Accompanied by live music and inspiration from Pechenik’s speech, this...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 4, 2019 on fees, funding, general organic

Rabo AgriFinance has announced a new loan product that can make it more financially viable for farmers to seek organic certification on all or part of their crop operations. With guidance from Pipeline Foods, Rabo AgriFinance has developed a financial framework that gives farmers the flexibility to receive the capital needed for upfront costs associated with changing production practices. Farmers can schedule repayments when they receive the additional revenue from selling certified organic goods.  The USDA requires a three-year transition period for farmers to certify their land as organic...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 4, 2019 on advocacy, general organic, policy, standards

The Organic Trade Association asked the United States District Court to rule in its favor on its organic livestock welfare lawsuit against the USDA. In its motion for summary judgment, the trade association stated that USDA acted in an unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious way when it killed new organic livestock standards centered around improving animal care and welfare. The Organic Trade Association argued USDA’s blocking of the implementation and rescission of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule in 2018 were actions plainly in excess of lawful authority and, if not...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 28, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, general organic

Vote in your chapter election to ensure your business has a voice in CCOF’s governance!  CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members across the United States and Mexico. Chapter leaders have the unique opportunity to leverage the collective power of CCOF’s membership and staff to advance organic. Supported by CCOF staff, chapter leaders share their passion and experience by setting the agenda for meetings and driving networking and educational opportunities for organic professionals and supporters. Chapter leaders are also instrumental in galvanizing organic advocacy...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 28, 2019 on food safety, general organic

Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a needs assessment report released today by National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) and Cornell University. The publication is the result of a multi-year, two-tiered effort. It includes findings from a needs assessment survey, which was designed to determine the food safety practices, knowledge, attitudes, barriers, and needs of local producers, with a particular focus on food...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 28, 2019 on advocacy, biodiversity, general organic, grants, water

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a competitive grant program that incentivizes farmers to invest in irrigation water and energy efficiency. Agricultural operations can apply for up to $100,000 for projects that involve improvements to irrigation systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant, or weather sensors; micro-irrigation systems; pump retrofits or replacements; renewable energy; and...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF, general organic

My day starts with a bike ride along Santa Cruz's foggy coastline. At the CCOF home office, Erica and Lucia say hello as I walk my bike into our open office space. I pass the policy and marketing teams who joke with one another as they prepare for their morning meetings. I smile at the office dogs who look up to see if I might give them a little attention.   I put my bike away and note the pictures of smiling grantees from our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. They stand in a colorful organic flower field at the University of California, Santa Cruz farm, which served as a training ground for...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, general organic, help and tips


Join the CCOF Foundation and Kitchen Table Advisors on October 29 for a webinar that dives into farm business planning from a crop profitability perspective.  Build your crop plan with intention and an expectation to maximize your profits. This webinar will help you think about your crop mix’s ability to generate profit for your farm. Our speaker, David Mancera of Kitchen Table Advisors, will review The importance of understanding a crop’s price-volume relationship,When to begin thinking about crop profitability,Information needed to understand crop profitability,An example of enterprise...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, October 21, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

Are you an organic consultant? CCOF has resources for you and your clients. Our Support Resources area is a toolkit for gaining and maintaining organic certification. Be sure to check out our handy tips!  As an organic consultant, you understand how crucial recordkeeping is to the audit trail. We have a series of templates for easy recordkeeping. CCOF also has an array of logos and labeling resources for domestic and foreign markets at your disposal. Additionally, our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide details on everything from getting started to determining what inputs can be used. ...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Jacob Pechenik, photographed by Claire Schaper

Photo credit: Claire Schaper and Max Wanger Jacob Pechenik of The Farm Project and Lettuce Grow will keynote the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit. Save seats for you and your team today!   On Wednesday, December 4, the CCOF Foundation will celebrate the collaborative effort to advance organic for a healthy world. Since 2014, the Foundation has granted more than $600,000 to the next generation of organic farmers and producers, nearly $100,000 to organic businesses that have experienced hardship, trained thousands of professionals through the Organic Training Institute, and...

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