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CCOF’s Fall 2018 NOSB Comments

CCOF submitted 10 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of the fall 2018 NOSB meeting.
 
NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic program and meets twice per year to discuss organic standards. This fall the meeting will be held on October 24-26, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the meeting in St.

CDFA and Israeli Ministry of Ag to Co-Host Forum on Water and Agriculture

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture.

CDFA Releases Proposed Cannabis Regulations

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released proposed regulations for California’s cannabis cultivation and licensing program.

Members of the public can submit written comments on the proposed regulations until 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017. Detailed instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the CDFA website.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and Ag Leaders Meet with Governor Brown on Trade Tariffs

State Board President Don Cameron, left, next to Governor Brown and CDFA Secreatary Karen Ross.

CDFA Wants to Hear Your Farm Bill Priorities

Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Karen Ross will host five listening sessions on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill. The listening sessions are an opportunity to provide input and recommendations on California’s federal policy and program priorities.

Central Coast Water Board Collecting Input on Ag Orders Nov. 27, 28, and 30

The Central Coast Water Quality Control Board is holding a series of stakeholder meetings in Watsonville, Salinas, and Santa Maria next week to update the public on the next version of the region’s agricultural order and to gather public comment.
 
The Central Coast Water Board needs to hear from farmers, particularly organic farmers, about the steps they already take to reduce nitrogen application and protect water quality.

Central Valley Water Board's Food Safety Panel to Meet January 24

In response to public concern about the use of recycled oilfield water (otherwise known as produced water) as an irrigation source in the Central Valley, the regional Water Board assembled a Food Safety Expert Panel in 2016 to assess the safety of crops grown using this source of water. 
 
The Food Safety Expert Panel will meet January 24, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Valley Water Board’s Board Room located at 11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200, in Rancho Cordova, California.
 

Citrus Disease Prevention Bill Becomes Law

On May 26, 2017 Governor Brown signed California SB243: Citrus Disease Prevention into law. California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani of California District 5 (encompassing all of San Joaquin County and portions of Stanislaus and Sacramento Counties) introduced SB243 in early February and the bill quickly moved through the legislature.

Climate Change & Organic Farming

This article was written by Renata Brillinger, California Climate & Agriculture Network.

This is a good news and a bad news story. First, the bad news…

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