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ATTRA is Here to Help!

This post was written by Ann Baier, Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, NCAT.

Balancing the Soil Fertility Equation: Five Ways to Reduce Nitrogen Leaching

Widespread leakage of nitrogen from agricultural production has become a huge problem worldwide. Recent news articles have reported that numerous small towns in California’s central valley, the country’s most productive agricultural region, must use bottled water because their municipal water supplies are contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrates.

Be Prepared for Invasive Pests

Spring is the time to anticipate pest problems that may emerge with the warmer weather of summer. It is a good time to remember what to look out for and to take some preventative steps to keep ahead of the pests. After the very wet winter in California, we might be about to experience an abundance of some of these pests, as well as invasive plants.
 

Business Succession: Planting the Seeds for an Abundant Future

This article appeared in the spring 2013 issue of Certified Organic and was written by Jay Silverstein, partner at Moss Adams.

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.
 

Confused by the Word “Organic” on Fertilizer Packages?

Many fertilizers and some herbicides and pesticides are labeled as “organic,” even though they aren’t allowed for use in organic production. These products are using the word “organic” as a chemist would, meaning they contain carbon compounds. The USDA only restricts the use of the word “organic” on food products, which allows companies to put whatever they choose on an input label as long as it is factual. This does not mean that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has approved these inputs for use in organic production.
 

Crop Insurance Options for Organic Farmers and Ranchers

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation? 
 

Free Financial Assistance from the CA Agricultural Mediation Program

Farmers and ranchers are independent and resilient, and their relationships with creditors are often long-term and critical for the future of their businesses. When markets, weather, or other conditions create farm losses, the resulting financial challenges can be difficult to untangle. If you face challenges repaying farm bills and debt, the California Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP) can help. CALAMP works with farmers to develop a feasible plan to move forward.

Growers, Learn How to Add Jams and Other Value-added Products to Your Organic Certification

Value-added products can bring in extra income and add diversity to your market offerings. On December 11, the CCOF Foundation will host a webinar that reviews the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products—such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit—through the USDA National Organic Program. 
 

Improved Forms & Documents and FAQs

We are excited to announce significant improvements to two helpful areas of the CCOF website: Forms & Documents and Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These sections are designed to help make the certification process simple and are now more user-friendly than ever before!

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