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Sonny Perdue Sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture

President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture, George Erwin “Sonny” Perdue III has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office. As head of USDA, Secretary Perdue oversees the National Organic Program.

Stock Up on CCOF Merchandise for 2018

Need to restock your supply of produce stickers or twist ties that identify your products as CCOF-certified organic? Want to gift an organic garden sign to a loved one this holiday season? Looking for a new hat to keep next summer’s sun out of your eyes? Now’s the time to make your purchases from the CCOF store! 
 
From November 1 until December 31, 2017, enjoy our gift of 15% off all CCOF merchandise in the CCOF Store! Enter code GIFT15 at checkout to apply the discount to your order. 

Survey Seeks Input from Organic Handlers

A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, supported by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University, requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.
 

Take Action to Defend Organic Standards and Animal Welfare

In December, the USDA quietly announced its intention to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (OLPP). OLPP is the product of a 14-year democratic rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board to advise the National Organic Program (NOP). However, since NOP released the final rule in early 2017, USDA continuously impeded its implementation and now is shelving the standards.
 

Take Action to Protect NOP Funding!

Support continued funding of the National Organic Program (NOP) by using the Organic Trade Association’s portal to contact your representatives and convey the importance of continuing strong NOP oversight over organic certification.
 

Thank You for Enriching the Organic Lifecycle in 2016

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,
 
It seems we say this every year, but it’s not a bad refrain to repeat: You enacted real change to better the organic community in 2016.
 

Thank You to Henry "Hank" Sharp for Years of Service to Organic

CCOF regrets to announce the passing of Henry “Hank” Sharp who was a on the CCOF Board of Directors for five years and a devoted advocate for organic. He hosted many annual dinners for the South Coast Chapter at his home.

The 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Agriculture at the Crossroads

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.
 
The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices. 
 

The Application Deadline for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is Fast Approaching

Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2017.
 
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. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding! 
 

The Organic Center to Host Webinar: "How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change?"

The Organic Center will host a webinar titled How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change? on October 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and also on November 29, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
 
 

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