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California Industrial Hemp Bill Signed into Law

In early October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1409 into law.

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 & Demeter USA Dual Inspection Partnership

CCOF and Demeter are pleased to announce a partnership to offer dual organic and Biodynamic inspections for those clients that wish to be both. In recent weeks, Demeter and CCOF have been working diligently to align inspectors and their farm and processor inspection schedules to make dual inspections possible, thereby saving clients money and time.  
 

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 Comments on Proposed GMO Labeling Rules

CCOF submitted a comment to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or GMO food labeling rule. The deadline for comments was July 3, 2018.
 
CCOF’s comment was rooted in the following principles, for which CCOF advocated in previous comments:
  • Labels must have clear statements that include the term “GMO.” Electronic or digital links are not sufficient to communicate to consumers. 
  • Protect the USDA National Organic Program’s regulations defining bioengineering and related terms. 

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.

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