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Adding Cannabis Cultivation to Your Farm Could Impact Your USDA Loans and Payments

In light of California’s new recreational cannabis cultivation and sales allowances, some organic producers are considering adding cannabis cultivation to their operations. However, producers should be aware that USDA has a long-standing policy regarding cannabis production, which could impact grower’s eligibility for a range of USDA programs including Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and crop insurance. 
 

Apply by September 20 for Scholarship to California Small Farm Conference

Scholarship applications are now being accepted to attend the 30th annual California Small Farm Conference (CSFC), an educational and networking event for farmers, ranchers, and farmers’ market managers that will be held at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center in Stockton, California on October 29-30, 2017. 
 

Apply Now for Refund of Certification Costs

The certification cost-share program is back!

Thanks to the diligence of the organic community, certification cost-share is fully funded for 2014.

This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope.

Bricmont Fund Hardship Assistance Deadline, December 10

Had an extremely hard year? Drought? Illness? Hurricane? CCOF’s Bricmont Fund may be able to help! 

Bricmont Fund Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Hardship Assistance Grants

CCOF is pleased to announce that the Bricmont Fund is open for applications for hardship assistance from now until October 23, 2015.

The fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to certified organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship such as fire, flood, freeze, insect pressures, and drought. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed funds annually to members of the organic community who are in need.

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Bricmont Hardship Assistance Deadline Extended to Nov. 23

Do you know that CCOF has a hardship assistance fund for certified organic growers and handlers that have gone through natural disasters and other financial hardships? Operations may apply for hardship assistance to offset financial burdens caused by fire, flood, freeze, illness, hurricane, pest pressures, and other major hardships.

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - Direct Financial Assistance for Organic Producers

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - Direct Financial Assistance for Organic Producers
 

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - Direct Financial Assistance for Organic Producers

Each year, the CCOF Foundation offers direct financial assistance for organic producers who experience loss due to hardship via the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. These hardships include natural disasters such as flood, freeze, fire, drought, and invasive pests, and personal emergencies. Since the Fund’s inception in 2007, the CCOF Foundation has distributed $129,438 to 159 organic producers. 
 

California FarmLink’s Farm Finance Expo: One-Stop Shopping for Loans and Financing

Over its 20-year history, California FarmLink has developed its focus around three core elements for farm and ranch success: strong business skills, fair financing, and secure land tenure.

Call Your State Conservationist Today and Give Valuable Input!

CCOF encourages growers who implement conservation practices to contact their local U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS is undertaking a major “reboot” of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) which will be implemented at the beginning of 2016. This “reboot” is an important opportunity for farmers to provide feedback to the NRCS. Specifically, CCOF is encouraging the NRCS to make the following improvements to CSP:

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