About the California Organic Food and Farming Act

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Facts About the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA):

  1. COFFA will streamline paperwork for certified organic producers. Current law requires organic producers to register with the SOP by reporting information that duplicates other state and federal reporting requirements. COFFA streamlines this registration process by allowing USDA-accredited organic certifying agents to submit information about their clients directly to the state to complete their SOP registration.
  2. COFFA will cap or lower SOP fees. The SOP fee schedule is set by law. COFFA updates the fee schedule by capping fees at their current levels and reducing fees for some categories of farmers with gross annual organic sales of $250,000 or less.
  3. COFFA will update the role of the SOP. COFFA allows the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture and the California Organic Products Advisory Committee to support organic agriculture through education, outreach, and other programmatic activities.

Stay Informed

Some changes will take effect as early as January 1, 2017, while other changes may take longer. Sign up for the CCOF Newsletter to learn about the latest developments and direct any questions to policy@ccof.org.