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Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 8, 2021

USDA is currently accepting applications for the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants.

Don’t wait until the last minute. The first step in applying is getting a DUNS number, which can take up to five days. 

Once you have your DUNS number, the application takes less than 10 minutes. The application, FAQs, tip sheets, and…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Two California cannabis farms have pioneered a new milestone in cannabis, and are now certified as the first “comparable-to-organic” cannabis farms in the state, as well as in the United States, by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). OCal is a new certification program through the California Dept. of Food and Ag (CDFA). The certification was awarded to well-respected legacy farmer Sensiboldt Organics out of Humboldt County, and The Highland Canopy at Sonoma Hills Farm, a new premium craft cannabis farm and culinary garden located in Sonoma County. 

The first cannabis…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought-impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at their website: fsa.usda.gov/elap.…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Does your business fall into the fully covered category of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule? If so, join the CCOF Foundation in November for the third webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series, where we will go over the requirements for a fully covered facility, review required training, and walk through the process for registering with FDA.

Your food business must fully comply with the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule if 


-    your business conducts activities that are not considered “low risk” processing to…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

When Miguel Crisantes Gatzionis first immigrated to Mexico from Greece in the 1920s, he started growing tomatoes in Culiacán that were then shipped and sold in the United States. Miguel later passed his farm down to his son Theojary Crisantes Sr., who was inspired to re-envision some key aspects of the family business. After learning about the dangers of using synthetic chemical pesticides like DDT (thank you, Silent…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF will host a session on December 2 on growing and selling in the Mexican organic market at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, California. 

Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture has led to a steady domestic organic market and is creating outstanding import opportunities for U.S. growers. While most Mexico-based organic operations export produce to the U.S., organic growers…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF collaborator California FarmLink is currently accepting applications for their upcoming 2022 Resilerator educational program. 

Designed for small and medium-scale farmers, ranchers, and fishery operators with at least two years of business management experience, the Resilerator program seeks to support producers on their path toward solidifying a sustainable, long-term, resilient business. 

The 10-week course walks through a comprehensive business curriculum on business structure, labor, land tenure, accounting, taxation, credit, insurance, and regulatory compliance.…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF Hardship Assistance Grants for Organic Producers—Closing Soon

If you—or an organic producer you know—have experienced hardship during the 2021 calendar year, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance through the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. The application deadline is midnight on November 5, 2021.

Throughout the nation, farmers are experiencing severe…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 18, 2021

Monterey, CA (October 12, 2021) — Total organic fresh produce sales for the third quarter (Q3) of 2021 saw a continuation of year-over-year growth, increasing by three percent from the same period last year and nearing $2.3 billion for the quarter, according to the Q3 2021 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. 

As food service sectors continued to reopen, the third quarter of 2021 generated growth in organic fresh produce sales at retail, despite a comp period of Q3, 2020 that was highlighted by pandemic-driven…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 18, 2021

 

Looking up from the sidewalk, you can’t miss which building has the urban farm on top. The rosemary cascades over the roof’s edges, the buckwheat blooms with bushy abandon, and the hedgerows are an unmistakably lush, green beacon against the blue Berkeley skies.

“There’s a lot of life up here,” observes Joanna Letz, founder of Bluma Farms, as she looks out onto the sparkling San Francisco Bay and Golden…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 11, 2021

The CCOF Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Alliance with Family Farmers and “The Farmers Beet” to launch our new podcast “Radio Organic: Sound Bites from the Organic Community.” 

In our four-part pilot series, we’ll chat briefly each week with long-time organic farmers about marketing techniques that have helped them run successful, resilient organic businesses. As a part of each interview, we ask our guest farmers what recommendations they have for newer farmers on managing resilient organic farms, as well as advice for farmers switching from wholesale to direct-to-…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 4, 2021

Interested in trying them?

What: 
Boxes of 1,000 crowns are available. Depending on demand, more than one box per grower may be available.

When:
Dormant crowns are available at no cost to growers starting October 1 through November 12, 2021. Plants will be dug the week of September 27, then maintained at near-freezing temperatures. Once you have the crowns, keep them in the cooler until planting.…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 4, 2021

With eight of their locations now CCOF certified, FreshPoint joins CCOF’s multinational membership in creating a world where organic is the norm. 

FreshPoint, a division of Sysco, is an advocate for supporting local supply chains. The benefits of locally grown produce include fewer carbon emissions required for food travel, fewer preservatives required to maintain produce integrity over a long-…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 4, 2021

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) part 2 is open for applications only through October 12, 2021, so if you’ve been thinking about applying, now is the time.

The original CFAP program has been expanded to include numerous specialty crops and types of livestock as eligible commodities.  

The calculation for CFAP 2 payments for commodities is based on the total sales that the farmer had in 2018 or 2019 (or, if the farmer began farming in 2020, then year 2020). When applying, first select the year you want to use as the basis. Once a year is selected, payment rates…

Written by temmelhainz on Monday, October 4, 2021

Is your food business eligible for a qualified exemption under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule? If so, join us in October for the second webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series and find out what you need to do to comply as a Qualified Exempt operation.

Your food business is eligible for a Qualified Exemption under the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule if it meets the following requirements:  
-    It is a “very small business,” defined as having less than $1 million in annual sales of human food