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Digging Into Local Organic Policy

Introduction
Kelly Damewood, CCOF Policy Director

David Lester, student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, recently completed a summer internship with CCOF. Over the course of two months, he completed an in-depth review of county regulations that may support or encourage certified organic agriculture. Read on for an interesting and worthwhile summary of his findings.

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!

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!

Holiday Schedule at the CCOF Office

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas Eve: Thursday, December 24
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25
  • New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1

We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return.

Thank you for your support of organic in 2015! Happy holidays!

Job Announcement: Three Organic Food Certification Specialists Needed

Due to internal promotions and expansion of the organization, CCOF has three openings in our organic farm/livestock programs.

Just in Time for the Holidays – New CCOF Merchandise!

Spread the holiday cheer by giving your favorite farmer or organic enthusiast the newest CCOF gear this season! We just added new hats to the shop to keep the sun out of your eyes in the field. Choose from our black trucker-style hat with a “Support Organic Farmers” patch, or our tan hat with the same slogan embroidered on the cap. Both hats are made in the U.S.A. with organic cotton, so they are gifts you can feel great about giving!

Kelly Damewood is CCOF’s New Policy Director!

Kelly Damewood joined CCOF as Policy Director on July 14.

Lewin and Agricultural Delegation Tighten Trade Relations with Mexico

CCOF is honored to have our President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, travel with Governor Jerry Brown's Mexico Trade DelegationThis trade mission was intended to address trade issues between California and Mexico. An agricultural delegation led by California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross, addressed important agricultural issues.

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