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California’s New Organic Law Now in Effect

On January 1, 2017, the CCOF-sponsored California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA) went into effect. This law updates the California State Organic Program (SOP) by streamlining registration for farmers, reducing registration fees for small organic farmers, and making changes to the role of the state’s organic advisory committee.

Call for Applications to the California Cannabis Advisory Committee

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee.

Applications are available online.

The committee will advise the BMCR, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and California Department of Public Heath’s Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety on both the medical and adult recreational use of cannabis.

Call your Assemblymember – Support Climate Change Solutions!

Our State Legislature is taking on the future of California’s climate change laws and we need you to weigh in!

Will California continue to embrace increased renewable energy production, smart growth that protects our farmland, and sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change? Or will the oil industry prevail and prevent needed solutions to greater weather extremes and rising temperatures?

Cannabis Growers Have Until Oct. 31 to File Water Source Documents with State

A bill just signed by California Governor Jerry Brown extended the deadline for cannabis growers to file documentation of their water source to October 31, 2017. 
 
The new deadlines are specific to growers who plan to submit their growing license application to CalCannabis before January 1, 2019.
 
According to a message from the State Water Resources Control Board:
 

Cap-and-Trade Extension Bills Debated in Sacramento

Legislators in Sacramento are currently debating three different bills which would extend and alter the California Cap-and-Trade Program.

CASFS Grower Guide Release

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers  
 
A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.
 

CCOF Advocates for Organic Research at Agency Listening Session

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) held a listening session in Sacramento on November 2 to gather input on research priorities. CCOF’s senior policy specialist Jane Sooby commented on the need to integrate organic topics into NIFA’s research portfolio, pointing out that the unique nature of organic farming warrants in-depth study.
 

CCOF Board Members Join National Co-Op Grocers to Learn about Organic Production in Argentina

In May 2017, Phil LaRocca, chair of the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors, and Allen Harthorn, chair of the CCOF Foundation Board of Trustees, participated in the National Co+Op Grocers’ tour of a cooperatively managed fair trade vineyard in La Rioja, Argentina. 
 

CCOF Calls for Immigration Reform to Protect the Agricultural Workforce

One of the greatest challenges facing organic growers today is the uncertainty and severe shortages in the agricultural workforce. For this reason, CCOF is calling on California Congressional leadership to work toward immigration reform that includes the following guiding principles: 

CCOF Certification Services President Appointed to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee

On June 26, 2014 Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services President, was announced as one of the seven additional members to join the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in fruits and vegetables. The ATAC members were appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, with the intention of ensuring the commercial and economic interests of various agricultural sectors are properly reflected in U.S. trade policies.

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