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CCOF Members Appointed to Fruits and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

Last week, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 25 members to the reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Secretary Perdue appointed CCOF members Jeff Huckaby of Cal-Organic Farms, Brian Kirschenmann of Kirschenmann Farms, and Kelly Carl Ely of FreshPoint to the committee.
 
The appointed members will serve two-year terms on the FVIAC.

CCOF Members Urge USDA to Issue Origin of Livestock Final Rule

Last week CCOF members signed a letter to USDA and National Organic Program (NOP) leadership urging the agency to issue a final rule on the Origin of Livestock.

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 Processor/Handler Chapter Meeting

Join us for the annual CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter meeting in Fresno, California, on February 27, 2019, at 3:40 p.m. Pacific Time.

This meeting is being held at the DoubleTree Hilton at the end of the CCOF Annual Conference. Learn more about the full conference.*

If you cannot join the chapter meeting in person you can do so remotely via GoToMeeting: 
GoToMeeting Virtual Attendance Registration

CCOF Releases Groundbreaking Report Documenting the Benefits of Organic

Roadmap
 
CCOF is excited to release a new contribution to the scientific literature, Roadmap to an Organic California: Benefits Report, which distills the findings of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies into a captivating and beautifully illustrated read. 
 

Benefits Report

CCOF Supported Industrial Hemp Bills Move Forward in Legislature

Two CCOF-supported bills to streamline industrial hemp regulations in California have cleared their house of origin. Senator Scott Wilk’s (R-Santa Clarita) Senate Bill (SB) 153 received no opposition votes through the Senate and was voted into the Assembly.

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.
 

CDFA Accepting Applications for Biologically Integrated Farming Systems and Proactive IPM Solutions

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems Program (BIFS) and its Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions Program, administered by the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis.
 
Biologically Integrated Farming Systems Program Grants
 
The goal of BIFS is to fund on-farm demonstration and evaluation of innovative biologically-based farming systems that employ IPM strategies.
 
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CDFA Accepting Applications for Healthy Soils Program Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from nonprofits, universities, and California Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP).
 

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