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Crop Insurance Options for Organic Farmers and Ranchers

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation? 
 

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.

Discounts on FSMA Food Safety Workshops

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Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers at a discounted rate.  Normally, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person, but thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the CCOF Foundation is offering these trainings for $35 per attendee. The ticket price includes course materials, lunch, and certificate fees.
 

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!
 
Our online Organic Directory is a great resource for finding organic businesses by location, specific organic crops or products, and services for organic businesses. Visit the Organic Directory and fill in your search criteria on the left, then browse all the CCOF-certified organic businesses who meet that criteria to find what you need.
 

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.

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 CCOF

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 for the holidays from December 26th through December 30th.

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 2016! Happy holidays!

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