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President Signs Farm Bill into Law

Farm Bill Features Wins for Organic Farmers

Today, President Obama signed a farm bill into law that includes funding for critical programs that support the growth of the organic sector. Among the wins for organic was the National Organic Certification Cost Share program, a main focus of CCOF’s policy work last year through visits to Congress members and dozens of emails and calls by CCOF members. 

Preventing GMO Presence in Organic Products

In an environment where Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and their derivatives are widely distributed throughout the food chain, it is imperative that organic producers and handlers have strategies and plans to keep them out. A key tenet of "coexistence" is shared responsibility for the exclusion of the methods and products of genetic engineering.

Proposed Seed Company Mergers: Bad News for Organic Farmers

The seed industry is one of the most consolidated in agriculture, and it's getting worse.

Provide Critical Data to Shape Agricultural Policy

Contribute to the pool of organic knowledge by responding to the 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Farmers and ranchers will reap benefits from an accurate statistical portrait of the organic sector. Agricultural statistics are frequently used by business and policy decision-makers, and your participation provides solid data to shape organic policy.

Public Input Sought on Medical Cannabis Cultivation

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP) is conducting a series of workshops to gather public input on a licensing program for medical cannabis cultivators.

Eight workshops will be convened at various locations in the state beginning September 13, 2016. The full schedule is online.

Regenerating Soil Health Focus of EcoFarm Conference 2018

The Carbon Farming Revolution will command front and center attention at the 38th EcoFarm Conference on January 24 through 27 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Owing to unstable climates, carbon has been getting a bum rap of late, quite undeservedly so. Most of us farmers are unaware that carbon—and its management—is the most critical element in our farming systems, probably because we don’t purchase carbon in a sack like we do N-P-K.

Register Now to Attend the California Climate and Agriculture Summit

Learn about the latest science, policy, and practice of climate-friendly farming in California at the CalCAN Summit on February 28 and March 1, 2017, in Davis, California.

The Summit begins February 28 with a conference at UC Davis featuring a wide variety of workshops, plus keynote speakers California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President Glenda Humiston.

Register Now to Speak at NOSB Jacksonville Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will host their second yearly meeting in Jacksonville, Florida October 31 through November 2, 2017
 
Organic stakeholders can now register to speak at a pre-meeting webinar and at the meeting in Jacksonville. 
 

Reminder: Congressmen to Host Farm Bill Roundtable in Salinas

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressman Jim Costa will host a roundtable discussion with Ranking Member Collin Peterson of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee.
 
The roundtable will be held from 9:30am to 11:00 a.m. at:
 
Hartnell Community College – Steinbeck Hall
411 Central Ave. 
Salinas, CA 93901
 

Reminder: NOSB Comment Period Open through October 26

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting agenda and supporting materials are available for review and public comment. 

The NOSB will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, November 16-18, 2016. Written comments and signups for oral comment are due October 26. 

The NOSB will discuss and vote on many important topics, including: 

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