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Congressional DARK Act Supporters Undermine GMO Labeling Efforts

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop all state and local regulation of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO labeling requirements. The vote was 275 in favor and 150 opposed.

The bill, dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, was widely seen as an effort to undermine state-level labeling of GMO foods. CCOF wrote letters to representatives who voted on both sides of the issue, praising those who voted against it and expressing disappointment toward those who supported it.

Congressman Garamendi Cosponsors Organic Integrity Bill

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-3) joins fellows California Congressional delegates in supporting organic integrity with his cosponsorship of the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act of 2017, H.R.3871.
 
H.R.3871 would ensure a fair playing field for organic producers and protect consumer trust in the organic seal by strengthening the USDA National Organic Program’s oversight of domestic and international organic production.
 

Congressman LaMalfa Supports Organic Farmers in 2018 Farm Bill

Last week, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) took action to support his organic constituents when he signed on as a cosponsor of H.R.3871, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act. 
 

Congressman LaMalfa Talks Farm Bill with Organic Producers

When Congress takes its August recess and Members go home to their districts, it’s a great time to meet with them directly. This year, it’s an especially good time for farmers to express their thoughts directly on the farm bill coming for renewal in 2018. This week I had the pleasure of sitting in with organic growers from Butte County, California when they met with their Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville).
 

Congressman LaMalfa to Host Town Hall in Redding

Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California’s 1st district will host a town hall meeting in Redding, California on April 19, 2017.

California’s 1st district is comprised of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Tehama counties, and portions of CCOF’s North Valley and Sierra Gold chapters.

Congressman Valadao Welcomes Organic Advocates to His Hanford Office

A group of certified organic farmers and CCOF staff met with United States Representative David Valadao when he was in Hanford during the Congressional spring recess. 
 

Controversial Bill to Create California Beef Commission to be Heard in Senate Judiciary Committee

The bill to create the California Beef Commission, AB 243, will be discussed at the next Judiciary Committee hearing on July 11, 2017.
 
CCOF does not have a position on AB 243 but will continue to track AB 243’s progress through the senate, as the creation of the California Beef Commission would affect members.
 

Cooperative Extension Short Course on Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries

Organic vegetable and strawberry production are vital parts of agricultural on the Central Coast. There have been many changes over the years in the scale of production, but there continue to be challenges in soil fertility. The University of California Cooperative Extension, Monterey County and the Vegetable Research and Information Center at the University of California, Davis are presenting a short course that pulls together recent research on soil fertility management for organic vegetable and strawberry production.

COPAC and COPAC Processor Subcommittee Meet September 26 in Santa Rosa

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state. 
 
COPAC will convene a meeting on September 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau office.

COPAC Considers Cannabis & Announces Survey at First Meeting of the Year

Cannabis
The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) started the year with its traditional meeting at the EcoFarm Conference on January 25, 2018. 
 
COPAC advises the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on organic issues. 
 

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