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A First for the Fast Food Industry: The Organic Coup Will Add Ingredient Labels to Their Packaging, Providing Up-Front Information About Their Food to Customers

In an unprecedented move, the nation's first 100 percent certified organic fast food chain shakes up the industry with unrivaled ingredient transparency.
 
Fast food restaurant chain The Organic Coup, the nation’s first 100 percent certified organic chain, is once again upending the industry. 
 

A Successful Organic Week in D.C.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. last month. Each year, the week includes events including the Organic Center’s Organic Confluences summit and OTA’s Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. CCOF member Dieter Schellenberg of Schellenberg Farms and other CCOF-certified producers attended Organic Week this year to share their organic farmer-perspective with their elected representatives.

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. 
 

Advertise in the 2018 Organic Directory at 2017 Prices!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your information in our most popular publication, the 2018 Organic Directory and Resource Guide! Pricing will increase on October 1, 2017, so place your order now! 
 

Alcohol and Organic Farming – Food Waste and Energy Needs

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I’ve been to a lot of farms in my day but have never witnessed one so profoundly bent on creating a closed loop symbiotic system as Whisky Hill Farms. This 14-acre CCOF certified organic farm cultivates tropical plants, heirloom vegetables and biorefined high grade commercial alcohol!  
 
I met David Blume, part innovative farmer and part mad scientist on a midsummer day.

Alcohol and Organic Farming – Methane, Frogs and Men on Mars

I was lucky enough visit Whisky Hill Farms and Blume Distillation this summer. I was blown away by the scope of this 14-acre certified organic farm. Not only are they the largest producer of domestic Turmeric, but they provide answers to the food waste dilemma by producing high grade commercial alcohol. I soon learned that everything that comes from the distillery goes right back into the farm!

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 for the 2017 Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Awards!

Applications for California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA), are now being accepted until August 11, 2017. GEELA honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated voluntary contributions in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy.
 

Apply to Join USDA Trade Mission to Japan

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is accepting applications for an agribusiness trade mission to Japan on June 11-15, 2018. Applications are due April 13, 2018
 
CCOF encourages members exporting to or interested in exporting to Japan to apply. 
 

Asia Making Strides in Global Organic Food Market

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years. 
 

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