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CCOF Certification Positions Now Available

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking various certification staff to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The people in these positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program. CCOF is one of the oldest and largest organic certification organizations in the U.S. and works to promote organic production through certification, education, and outreach programs.

CCOF Seeks Chief Certification Officer

CCOF Certification Services, LLC is seeking a Chief Certification Officer (CCO). This position is responsible to the Management Committee of CCOF Certification Services, LLC for the successful execution of certification programs. The CCO reports to the CEO of CCOF, Inc. in the CEO’s capacity as chair of the LLC Management Committee and works collaboratively with the executive leadership team to further CCOF’s mission of advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world. 

Learn more about this position.

CCOF-Certified Archi’s Acres Featured in Documentary “The Farm”

CCOF members Colin and Karen Archipley are featured in a new documentary titled “The Farm.” The film highlights the Archipleys’ certified organic hydroponic farm Archi’s Acres and their work with veterans enrolled in the Archi’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.

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.

National Farmers Union Accepting Applications for Beginning Farmer Institute

The National Farmers Union is accepting applications for the Beginning Farmer Institute. The Beginning Farmer Institute focuses on developing leadership and farm management skills in beginning farmers through small group teaching. 
The application form is available for download and applications are accepted until April 30, 2018.

New California Labor Law May Affect Organic Businesses

A newly implemented law will change the classification for many workers in California from independent contractors to employees. Assembly Bill 5, which Governor Newsom signed into law on September 2019, codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision into state law. The Dynamex decision outlines a three-part “test” to determine a worker’s employment classification.

New H-2A Visa Checklist Tool is Now Available

Are you a farmer who needs seasonal or temporary workers for planting, cultivating, or harvesting crops? The H-2A temporary agricultural workers program–often called the H-2A Visa Program–helps American farmers who anticipate a lack of available domestic workers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries.
With the new Checklist Tool, participating in the Program is now easier than ever.

H-2A Visa Checklist Tool

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Survey: California Farms Face Continuing Employee Shortages

Despite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs.
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