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Save the Date for OFRF's 30th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon at Expo West 2020

30 years of Seeding Change: 1990-2020

 
OFRF is turning 30! 
 
OFRF's annual benefit luncheon helps provide grants that lead to innovation in the organic sector and supports OFRF's programs which foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming throughout the United States. 
 
Come network, celebrate, and hear from organic industry leaders while enjoying the best meal at Expo West!
 
OFRF's long-standing luscious benefit event features an

Saving California Citrus: Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing Update

The stakes are high in the fight to save California citrus from the threat of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the disease it spreads, Huanglongbing (HLB) (also known as citrus greening). In Florida, more than 90 percent of commercial citrus trees are estimated to have HLB, and there has been a 70 percent decline in production, with an economic impact of $7.8 billion.

Sean Feder Appointed to State Organic Advisory Board; Meeting Scheduled During EcoFarm

CCOF’s Director of Inspection Services Sean Feder has been appointed by California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross to the alternate certifier seat on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC).
 
COPAC advises the secretary on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state. The committee is comprised of 15 primary members plus alternates for each seat. 
 
Term limits opened up a number of primary producer seats that were filled with alternate members.

Senate Ag Committee Includes Origin of Livestock Rule in Appropriations Bill

Last week the United States Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020. In the bill, USDA is required to issue the Origin of Livestock rule that incorporates public comments from the proposal rule within 180 days of the bill becoming law.

Senate Ag Committee Moves AB 1826 Closer to Becoming Law

“The bill is out, congratulations.”

California state senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), chair of the California Senate Committee on Agriculture, spoke these words as the committee voted AB 1826, the California Organic Food and Farming Act, out of committee on June 21. AB 1826 now heads to the California Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate and House Committees on Agriculture to Discuss Organic and Specialty Crops

Both the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the United States House Committee on Agriculture have busy weeks with key farm bill hearings scheduled. On July 13, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Serve on the Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee

Three producer and six producer alternate positions are currently open on the California Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee. The Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee advises the California Secretary of Agriculture and the CDFA Certified Farmers’ Market Program. The committee is comprised of six producers, six certified farmers’ market operators, one consumer, and one county agricultural commissioner, with an alternate for each position. Each member serves a two-year term.
 
The focus of the committee is on:

Serve on the Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee

Three producer and six producer alternate positions are currently open on the California Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee. The Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee advises the California Secretary of Agriculture and the CDFA Certified Farmers’ Market Program. The committee is comprised of 6 producers, 6 certified farmers’ market operators, 1 consumer, and 1 county agricultural commissioner with an alternate for each position. Each member serves a 2-year term.
 
The focus of the committee is on:

Serve the Organic Community on CCOF’s Certification Management Committee

Are you a member of the organic food industry, but not certified by CCOF? Do you want to get involved with CCOF at the governance level? Are you a CCOF member who knows someone who may fit these criteria?
 
The CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting.

Serve the Organic Community on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) is a 15-member committee that advises the California Secretary of Agriculture on California’s State Organic Program’s enforcement activities. The members are made up of six producers (at least one producer of meat, fowl, fish, dairy products, or eggs); two processors; one wholesale distributor; two consumer representatives; one environmental representative; two technical representatives with scientific credentials related to agricultural chemicals, toxicology, or food science; and one retail representative.

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