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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 »

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Application Period is Open for Conservation Innovation Grants

National Program
 
The USDA is accepting applications for up to $12.5 million in grant funding for the adoption of innovative conservation projects on agricultural lands.

Applications for the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning plant nutrition and environmental effects related to fertilizing materials use.

Applications Now Accepted for Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

CalCannabis is now accepting applications for annual licenses of commercial cannabis cultivators, nurseries, and processors. Applications are accepted and completed online through CalCannabis’ online portal
 
The online portal will accept applications for annual and temporary licenses. A temporary license is valid for 120 days and allows for operations to operate while their annual license applications are being processed.
 

Applications Open Now for Organic Education Grants

Anandi Ghandi
The CCOF Foundation is now accepting applications for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grants for higher education and vocational students! Applicants can apply for $2,500 grants to go toward their studies in organic agriculture. The application period is open from May 1 through June 1. Learn more and apply for your $2,500 educational grant
 
Due to school closures, the grant application periods for K-8 teachers and National FFA Organization high school students will be postponed until Fall 2020.

Apply for a $1,000 Grant to Teach About Organic!

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Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers: Receive funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning.
 
The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who educate their students about organic agriculture.
 
Applicants must be certified K-8 teachers in the United States.

Apply for Environmental Seat on NOSB

USDA is accepting nominations for the environmental seat on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Eligible candidates must have environmental protection and resource conservation backgrounds. The deadline to submit nominations is August 7, 2017.
 

Apply for Funds to Transition to Certified Organic

Transition
It’s not always easy to transition to certified organic, and we don’t expect farmers to do it alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with Anheuser Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide $5,000 grants for farmers transitioning to organic.

Apply for SWEEP Grant to Improve Irrigation Efficiency by March 14

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) offers agricultural operations in California up to $100,000 to invest in irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save water.

As noted in a previous CCOF blog entry, SWEEP funds can be used to install the following:

Apply Now for $5,000 to Transition to Certified Organic

Organic
Want to take your farm forward and transition to organic? Maybe you’re already practicing organic methods and need that final incentive to get certified. Now is your chance to lessen the financial challenge of transition—apply for a $5,000 grant to help you make the transition to organic. 
 
Organic agriculture can sustainably feed us while promoting public health and prosperity. Communities across America should look to transitioning to organic agriculture as a tool to tackle the key challenges of our time: climate change, economic inequality, and heath inequity.

Arctic® Apples: The Proposal for a New GE Food Needs Your Comments!

A proposal by the food industry continues the onslaught of new genetically engineered crops that threaten both organic farmers and consumers who may not want GMOs in their food. The latest genetically modified crop likely to be deregulated in 2014 are Arctic® apples, which have been engineered not to brown when sliced.

Organic proponents will likely question why the world needs non-browning apples, especially as this trait is not based on the basic agronomy or pest risks of the apple.

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