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Summary of the 2016 Spring National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) met at the end of April to hear public comment, discuss the 2018 Sunset Materials, and vote on a number of proposals. NOSB also welcomed six new board members at the April meeting, including CCOF member Jesse Buie!

Proposals Passed by NOSB

Summary of the Fall 2016 National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) met in mid-November to hear public comment, vote on the 2018 Sunset Materials, and discuss and vote on various proposals. NOSB also held officer elections, and the board elected CCOF member Jesse Buie to serve as their new secretary. NOSB thanked outgoing members for their service, including CCOF member, inspector, and policy specialist Zea Sonnabend. Carmela Beck, representing Driscoll’s, also completed her term on the board.

Support Bi-Partisan Industrial Hemp Amendment to Farm Bill

This post was written by Eric Steenstra, President, Vote Hemp.

Support Sustainable Agricultural Solutions to Climate Change

Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are debating the future of climate policy in California, and they need to hear from you about agriculture’s important role. Will you let them know that you support ongoing funding for California’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs? These programs provide grants to farmers for practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.
 

Survey: California Farms Face Continuing Employee Shortages

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Despite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs.

SWEEP Program Open for Applications through March 14

Grant applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) are now being accepted through March 14, 2017. SWEEP provides financial assistance for farmers and ranchers to implement irrigation systems that save water and energy while reducing greenhouse gases on California agricultural operations.

Take Action to Defend Organic Standards and Animal Welfare

In December, the USDA quietly announced its intention to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (OLPP). OLPP is the product of a 14-year democratic rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board to advise the National Organic Program (NOP). However, since NOP released the final rule in early 2017, USDA continuously impeded its implementation and now is shelving the standards.
 

Take Action to Protect NOP Funding!

Support continued funding of the National Organic Program (NOP) by using the Organic Trade Association’s portal to contact your representatives and convey the importance of continuing strong NOP oversight over organic certification.
 

Take Action to Support Origin of Livestock Rulemaking

Now is the time to support the implementation of the long-overdue Origin of Livestock proposed rule. The rule would ensure clear and enforceable requirements for the sourcing of organic dairy herds by requiring new dairy animals to be managed organically from at least the last third of gestation. The organic community has advocated for this rule for many years. Inconsistent interpretation of the current rule has put some farmers at a disadvantage in an already struggling industry. On October 1, 2019, the USDA reopened the rule’s public comment period.

Taylor Brothers Farms Gives Back to the CCOF Foundation

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Photo: John Taylor, co-owner of Taylor Brothers Farms
 
While prunes may not be #trending the way we’ve seen kale, sweet potatoes, or açai trend in recent years, prunes have reclaimed their status as a superfood in farmers’ markets across the globe. Prunes provide countless benefits for their consumers.

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