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CCOF Members Appointed to Fruits and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

Last week, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 25 members to the reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Secretary Perdue appointed CCOF members Jeff Huckaby of Cal-Organic Farms, Brian Kirschenmann of Kirschenmann Farms, and Kelly Carl Ely of FreshPoint to the committee.
 
The appointed members will serve two-year terms on the FVIAC.

CCOF Members Ask Congressman LaMalfa to Fund Organic Research

On Monday, over 20 CCOF members throughout Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s (R CA-01) district signed a letter urging the congressman to support H.R. 2436, the Organic Agriculture Research Act of 2017. 
 
The letter explains that organic farmers and ranchers work hard to produce their crops, livestock, and food products, but their sector needs more funding for organic agricultural research. 
 

CCOF Members Encouraged to Join COPAC

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) advises the Secretary of Food and Agriculture on issues related to organic standards enforcement and on support for organic agriculture in California through education, outreach, and other activities.

CCOF encourages its members to consider applying to serve on COPAC. There are currently open seats for:

CCOF Members Highlighted in “Beyond the Harvest” Documentary Series

Peterson Family Farms and Three Sisters Organic are featured farmers in a new television documentary series called “Beyond the Harvest.” The series explores the farm to table phenomenon and highlights businesses in California’s Central Valley. 
 
The series will air for 13 weeks in Fresno, Chico, Redding, and Bakersfield. Episodes will also be released online.

CCOF Members Urge USDA to Issue Origin of Livestock Final Rule

Last week CCOF members signed a letter to USDA and National Organic Program (NOP) leadership urging the agency to issue a final rule on the Origin of Livestock.

CCOF Publishes Review of the California State Organic Program

Since the implementation of the national organic standards in 2002, CCOF members have expressed concerns that the California State Organic Program (SOP) duplicates the fee and reporting requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). In response to these concerns, CCOF wrote a comprehensive report in 2015 titled Review of the California State Organic Program.

About the Report

CCOF Releases Groundbreaking Report Documenting the Benefits of Organic

Roadmap
 
CCOF is excited to release a new contribution to the scientific literature, Roadmap to an Organic California: Benefits Report, which distills the findings of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies into a captivating and beautifully illustrated read. 
 

Benefits Report

CCOF Representation on COPAC Increases with Key Appointments

California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross recently appointed several CCOF members and President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC Jake Lewin to the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC).

COPAC is a 15-member committee, which advises the secretary on administration of the California State Organic Program (SOP) as well as education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers.

CCOF Submits Comment on Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices Rule

Last week, CCOF submitted a comment to USDA opposing the agency’s proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. CCOF also joined 80 other organic producers, retailers, organizations, certifiers, farm groups, and consumer organizations in an open letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to implement the rule. 
 

CCOF Supported Industrial Hemp Bills Move Forward in Legislature

Two CCOF-supported bills to streamline industrial hemp regulations in California have cleared their house of origin. Senator Scott Wilk’s (R-Santa Clarita) Senate Bill (SB) 153 received no opposition votes through the Senate and was voted into the Assembly.

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