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CCOF Applauds USDA Announcement of Organic Equivalence Agreement with Japan

(September 25, 2013) Santa Cruz, CA - USDA and Japan announced Thursday at Natural Products Expo East a new organic equivalency agreement, finalizing many years of perseverance toward equivalence without critical variances. As of January 1, 2014, the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries will recognize the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) as equivalent to Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS). CCOF engaged early in the agreement process, representing our more than 2,600 members by hosting visits with Japanese officials here in the United States.

Actualización sobre el Programa para México

El sector orgánico en México continúa evolucionando y creciendo. CCOF recientemente asistió a una reunión para los certificadoras orgánicos aprobadas por el gobierno mexicano para certificar bajo las normas orgánicas de México (LPO). La reunión se llevó a cabo en Oaxaca con el SENASICA/SAGARPA y las agencias que supervisan el programa orgánico de México. Las operaciones inscritas en el Programa de Cumplimiento de CCOF para México, deben estar al tanto de las siguientes actualizaciones:

Apply to Join USDA Trade Mission to Japan

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is accepting applications for an agribusiness trade mission to Japan on June 11-15, 2018. Applications are due April 13, 2018
 
CCOF encourages members exporting to or interested in exporting to Japan to apply. 
 

Asia Making Strides in Global Organic Food Market

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years. 
 

Brazilian Ministry of Ag Visits CCOF Certified Farms

On April 29-30, 2014, three federal inspectors from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), and a USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Brazil Agricultural Marketing Specialist, toured CCOF-certified farms in the Davis, CA area.

California Farmers Sign Pledge Calling for International Climate Action

As California farmers and ranchers, our livelihoods—as well as the ability to feed America—depends entirely on the climate. Working close to nature, we are the first to notice shifts in weather patterns. On our land and in our harvests, we bear the brunt of floods, drought, and rising temperatures.
 
We are soil stewards who belong to a community beyond our own fields; we don’t plant for seasons but for generations. It’s with this legacy in mind that we pledge our support for the science, commitment, and goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement.

CCOF Board Members Join National Co-Op Grocers to Learn about Organic Production in Argentina

In May 2017, Phil LaRocca, chair of the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors, and Allen Harthorn, chair of the CCOF Foundation Board of Trustees, participated in the National Co+Op Grocers’ tour of a cooperatively managed fair trade vineyard in La Rioja, Argentina. 
 

CCOF Certification Services President Appointed to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee

On June 26, 2014 Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services President, was announced as one of the seven additional members to join the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in fruits and vegetables. The ATAC members were appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, with the intention of ensuring the commercial and economic interests of various agricultural sectors are properly reflected in U.S. trade policies.

International Trade Update: Japan and Korea

U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014

The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic product certified in either the United States or Japan may now be sold as organic in either market. See the USDA Organic Insider announcement for more details about the agreement, partnership resources, a Q&A, and other resources for exporting and importing.

Mexico Program Update

Mexico’s organic sector continues to evolve and grow. CCOF recently attended a meeting for organic certifiers approved by the Mexican government to certify to Mexico’s organic standards (LPO). The meeting was held in Oaxaca by SENASICA/SAGARPA, the agencies that oversee the Mexican organic program. Operations enrolled in the CCOF Mexico Compliance Program should be aware of the following updates:

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