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Every Drop Counts: Technology to Make the Most of Limited Natural Resources

Farmers across the Western United States are struggling to meet challenges posed by one of the worst droughts in U.S. history. Farming is inherently risky, but the current drought combined with increasingly extreme weather patterns is testing the mettle of many.

Organic farmers have always employed creative measures to increase their on-farm environmental sustainability, and in this month’s feature article, “Every Drop Counts”, you’ll learn about the many ways CCOF-certified members are employing innovative water technologies to cope during the recent water-scarce season.

Expo West Round Up - Trends, Awards, and Non-GMO

Over 2,700 companies exhibited at this year’s Natural Products Expo West. CCOF-certified members were well represented. For instance, on the main floor you could start the morning off with some tea from Traditional Medicinals, wander over to the Lundberg booth for rice cakes, stop at Straus for some cheese to put on that rice cake, wash everything down with a new yerba mate drink from Guayaki, and finish up with one of the new flavors of Three Twins ice cream. Those were just the companies close to the CCOF booth!

FarmsReach and CCOF Share Blog Resources

We’re excited to share blog resources with the FarmsReach community! Every two months, we will highlight a roundup of each other’s blog features.

Their most recent blog series focused on Labor & Worker Safety. Below is a summary of the practical information they shared. Enjoy!

Find Organic Businesses and Products with One Click!

Wondering if there are any organic farms near you? Want to find out who is growing a specific crop or making a specific product? We have a tool for that!
 

FSMA Basics for Produce Growers

New federal food safety regulations are starting to take effect. If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce for human consumption you may need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Compliance dates for some produce farms start at the beginning of 2018.

Does my farm need to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule?

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule has different compliance levels based on operation size and type.

GAP Welcomes Fair Farm Colorado, Its First Certified Egg Operation

Fair Farm Colorado, a CCOF member based in Longmont, Colorado, is the first egg operation to be certified to the Laying Hen and Pullet standards of the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), a comprehensive farm animal welfare standards program.

Get Organic News Delivered to your Mailbox—Subscribe to Certified Organic Magazine!

Each edition of Certified Organic magazine is packed with up-to-date information for the organic enthusiast, including engaging feature articles, client spotlights, certification news, advocacy updates, events, producer resources/tips, and more. Browse the most recent issue!
 
A $12 annual subscription to Certified Organic includes two beautiful, informative copies of the magazine delivered to your mailbox each year.

Get Your CCOF Gear at 25% Off!

CCOF is offering a special merchandise deal for the entire month of August. For those of you who are looking to start or expand your CCOF gear, this offer just for you!

Grimmway’s Jeff Huckaby Named OTA Farmer of the Year

Jeff Huckaby, president of CCOF-certified Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms, has received the Organic Trade Association’s prestigious Farmer of the Year award for 2020.
 
Huckaby is a fourth generation farmer who discovered a passion for growing organic carrots over 20 years ago when he first started experimenting with organic practices. He has since led the expansion of Grimmway and Cal-Organic’s organic production to more than 45,000 acres of certified organic vegetables in five states.

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