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CCOF’s Spring 2019 NOSB Comments

CCOF submitted 12 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of their spring 2019 meeting in Seattle, Washington. The meeting will occur April 24-26, 2019. 
 
NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice per year to provide recommendations on substances and standards.

CDFA and Israeli Ministry of Ag to Co-Host Forum on Water and Agriculture

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture.

CDFA Now Accepting Applications for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

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.

CDFA Releases Proposed Cannabis Regulations

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released proposed regulations for California’s cannabis cultivation and licensing program.

Members of the public can submit written comments on the proposed regulations until 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017. Detailed instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the CDFA website.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and Ag Leaders Meet with Governor Brown on Trade Tariffs

State Board President Don Cameron, left, next to Governor Brown and CDFA Secreatary Karen Ross.

CDFA Wants to Hear Your Farm Bill Priorities

Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Karen Ross will host five listening sessions on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill. The listening sessions are an opportunity to provide input and recommendations on California’s federal policy and program priorities.

Central Coast Water Board Collecting Input on Ag Orders Nov. 27, 28, and 30

The Central Coast Water Quality Control Board is holding a series of stakeholder meetings in Watsonville, Salinas, and Santa Maria next week to update the public on the next version of the region’s agricultural order and to gather public comment.
 
The Central Coast Water Board needs to hear from farmers, particularly organic farmers, about the steps they already take to reduce nitrogen application and protect water quality.

Central Coast Water Board Needs to Hear From You by January 22

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is updating the agricultural order that regulates discharges from irrigated farmland. A comment period is now open with comments due by 8 a.m.

Central Valley Water Board's Food Safety Panel to Meet January 24

In response to public concern about the use of recycled oilfield water (otherwise known as produced water) as an irrigation source in the Central Valley, the regional Water Board assembled a Food Safety Expert Panel in 2016 to assess the safety of crops grown using this source of water. 
 
The Food Safety Expert Panel will meet January 24, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Valley Water Board’s Board Room located at 11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200, in Rancho Cordova, California.
 

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