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We Are Essential: Providing Essential Nourishment

“We Are Essential” is a blog series that explores how the organic community is navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our farms, ranches, and businesses deliver truly essential services, staying open and in the field to provide nutritious food to our communities. Each week, we will share a new story that highlights how organic is critical to the global response. We welcome hearing how you are impacted and invite you to email us at policy@ccof.org.

We Are Essential: The Staples that Feed Our Families

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that families value high quality, organic food. While the impact of COVID-19 on food and agriculture has been uneven across sectors, the demand for some types of organic processed foods, such as pre-cut vegetable assortments and pantry staples, has increased as families search for healthy options while saying at home. 
 
Beyond the health benefits, organic processed foods are an important part of California’s economy.

We Need Farmers’ Voices to Help Oppose Mega-Mergers!

The proposed mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer, and Syngenta with ChemChina could potentially reduce competition and farmers’ choices and will likely make inputs (including seeds and animal feed) more expensive. Join us in opposing this concentration of power by signing a sign-on letter on agrochemical and seed industry mergers.

Weigh in on New Regulations for Pesticide Use Near Schools

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is accepting written comments and holding three public hearings on proposed rules that will more strictly regulate pesticide applications near schools.

The new rules restrict pesticide applications to ¼ mile or 25 feet from school sites between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, the distance depending on the application method and the type of pesticide. Property owners must provide both annual and application-specific notification to schools in advance of all pesticide applications.

Welcome to New NOSB Members

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a citizen advisory board that offers input to the National Organic Program on allowed materials and practices in certified organic production. Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the NOSB meets twice a year to review organic materials and policies.

Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed six new members to the NOSB who will begin serving their terms in 2016.

The new NOSB members are:

What Are Your Farm Bill Priorities?

The national Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of national legislation for the agricultural sector. The Farm Bill provides funding for an array of programs that serve farmers and ranchers. It comes up for renewal by the United States Congress every five years.

What’s Happening on the (Organic) Ground? Organic Farming Under COVID-19

When COVID-19 struck, farmers were already facing significant challenges. Low prices combined with rising production costs, labor shortages, and climate change impacts resulted in 58 percent of California’s farms operating with net losses in 2017. Today, organic farmers and businesses are working around the clock to adjust to new conditions.
 
CCOF compiled this overview based on agricultural and market research and qualitative data from a sample of CCOF producers, processors, and businesses (30 chapter leaders and 192 survey responses).

Whiskey West to Perform at the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit

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On Wednesday, December 4, the CCOF Foundation will host its third annual CCOF Foundation Feast benefit dinner at the Organic Grower Summit.

Why I Serve on California's State Organic Program Advisory Committee

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 2800 Gateway Oaks in Sacramento from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Thomas Osborn, (916) 900-5210, thomas.osborn@cdfa.ca.gov.
 

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