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California Joins CCOF with Organic Farm Bill Priorities

The state of California shared their 2018 Farm Bill recommendations with congressional leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The letter was signed by the heads of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the California Natural Resource Agency, and the California Health and Human Services Agency. 
 

California Organic Advisory Committee to Meet September 7

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) will meet this Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Sacramento, California.

COPAC advises the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture on organic-related issues. The public is welcome to attend.

Items on the meeting agenda include:

California Organic Food and Farming Act Moves Forward

CCOF-sponsored AB 1826—the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA), authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay)—passed the California Assembly Agriculture Committee in a unanimous, bipartisan vote in favor of reducing fee and paperwork burdens on California’s organic producers.

California Organic Food and Farming Act – Track the Progress!

Track the progress of the AB 1826—California Organic Food and Farming Act, AB 1826—and read the current bill language.

AB 1826 is CCOF-sponsored legislation that was introduced by California Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) in February. The bill is currently in the California Senate Appropriations Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard August 1.

AB 1826 will:

California Releases Medicinal & Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations

California’s three cannabis licensing authorities and regulators released their emergency regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis ahead of the January 1, 2018 legalization of cannabis.
 

California State Ag Board Seeks Public Input on Agriculture’s Future

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is now updating its strategic plan, Ag Vision, developed eight years ago for the state’s agriculture and food systems.

An online survey is gathering public input into the plan through August 26. We encourage the organic community to participate in the survey so that the organic perspective is well-represented in the findings. Share your thoughts and take the survey!

California State Board of Food & Agriculture to Discuss Farm Labor, Rural Job Development, and Workforce Training Needs at April 4th Meeting

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss agricultural labor issues, rural job development, and opportunities for career technical education at its upcoming meeting on April 4, 2017, in Sacramento. Over the next 5-10 years, on-farm automation and research will impact the agricultural sector, creating a need for rural job development and technical training for farm workers in communities across the state. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

California State Water Board Accepting Comments on Cannabis Regs

California’s new cannabis regulations are being crafted by numerous state agencies. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has issued two documents for review, the Cannabis Cultivation Policy and the General Order. Comments on each document are due Sept. 6, 2017, by noon Pacific time.
 

California’s Groundwater Law Empowers Regional Management Groups

In the wake of 2014’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), counties, water management districts, and other water agencies around the state are organizing regional groups to formulate plans by the year 2020 that will guide groundwater management with the goal of achieving sustainable use by the year 2040.

California’s Healthy Soils Program Open for Public Comment

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a Healthy Soils Program that has two objectives: to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through incentives and demonstrations to farmers. CDFA now invites comment on the proposed framework for this program through March 1, 2017. Submit comments to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.

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