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New Study Shows Consumers Are Confused Over Organic Claims on Non-Agricultural Products

A public roundtable on October 20 in Washington, D.C., will consider the findings of a new study on consumer understanding of which products are covered by the organic label.

The roundtable will feature invited panelists including consumer advocates, organic representatives, and academics. It will be free and open to the public.

NOP Deputy Adminstrator Miles McEvoy Announces Retirement

Last week, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy announced his retirement in a letter to the organic community
 
In his letter, McEvoy gives deep appreciation to each level of the organic food chain. He highlights his top ten list of accomplishments at NOP which includes:
  1. Developing a quality management system for NOP that improves program consistency and effectiveness.

NOP Proposes Updates to 17 Substances and 16 New Substances to National List

USDA proposed new updates to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) that include 29 recommendations on 35 substances from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB evaluates substances on the National List every five years to confirm that each substance continues to meet the required criteria for its allowance or prohibition.

Northern California Fire Relief Efforts

CCOF is deeply concerned about the impact the fires are having on many of our members in Northern California. In response to this devastating tragedy that has taken too many lives, homes, acres, and decades’ worth of work and devotion, CCOF is taking measures to help affected members. 
 

Northern California Fire Relief Efforts Update

CCOF is terribly saddened by the extensive and profound ways in which thousands of people have been affected by the fires. We are also inspired by the overwhelming compassion, community effort, and solidarity in the face of such adversity.  While we are working one-on-one with many affected CCOF clients—some of whom are experiencing severe to total losses—our hope for recovery continues to strengthen as we are also getting an incredible wave of people who are looking to help their fellow growers, producers, and ranchers.  
 

NOSB Released Fall Meeting Proposals & Discussion Documents

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has released the meeting materials for their upcoming fall meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. 
 
NOSB will discuss:
  • Compliance, Accreditation, & Certification Subcommittee:

NRCS Prioritizes Organic in Conservation Innovation Grants Program

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering up to $2 million for one- to three-year projects that investigate innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals are due February 26, 2018.
 
Organic Agriculture Systems is one of three Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) priorities for fiscal year 2018. NRCS specifically requests proposals that help organic producers implement and evaluate conservation practices. Proposals submitted under this priority area must address at least one of these specific issues:

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Postcards

CCOF's free "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are still available! This informational card will help educate consumers about what "certified organic" really means. Your customers will walk away knowing the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Cards come in packets of 50, limit two packets per order.

Order your cards today!

Organic Certification Cost Share Is Back! Get a Refund of Your Organic Certification Fees

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2017 applications!
 
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. Beginning in 2017, operations located in California can also receive a refund of their State Organic Program registration fees. 
 

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