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California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

CASFS Grower Guide Release

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers  
 
A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.
 

CCOF Board of Chair Phil LaRocca Awarded Farmer of the Year

Organic champion and CCOF Board of Directors chair Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards has been awarded the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Farmer of the Year Leadership Award!
 
LaRocca is a pioneering organic wine grape grower and winemaker who uses innovative, environmentally friendly farming practices to produce wines with no added sulfites. He became the first certified organic apple grower in 1975 and then transitioned to wine and grape growing.   
 

CCOF Bylaws Vote

To ensure that all CCOF-certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish new chapters. This fall, all certified members will have the opportunity to vote to amend CCOF’s membership bylaws accordingly. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these revisions to the bylaws.
 
About the Amendments
 

CCOF Expands GMO Testing

In response to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) recent GMO testing pilot project results, CCOF has expanded its GMO testing and will assist CDFA in identifying any potential source of inadvertent GMO presence along the organic supply chain.

CCOF is Hosting GLOBALG.A.P. for a Three-Day HPSS Training in Santa Cruz

Join us at the CCOF headquarters in Santa Cruz to hear from the technical experts at GLOBALG.A.P. about how their newly updated Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1 helps producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 
 

CCOF Membership Approves CCOF Bylaws Revision!

CCOF members overwhelmingly approved important updates and revisions to the CCOF organizational bylaws.
 
We would like to thank those who participated in CCOF’s recent bylaws amendment vote! 500 operations participated in this election, and 89 percent of voters approved the updates. Member participation in this process demonstrated commitment to the future of CCOF and how central our members are to the unique character and democratic structure of CCOF. 
 

CCOF Voting Materials Coming Soon

Your CCOF membership bylaws voting material will arrive at the end of the month.
 
To ensure that all CCOF certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish additional chapters. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these bylaws revisions.
 

CCOF's Fall 2017 NOSB Written Comments

CCOF submitted 11 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of the fall 2017 NOSB meeting.
 
NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice per year to discuss organic standards. This fall, the meeting will be held in Jacksonville, Florida from October 31 through November 2, 2017.
 

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