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The Future of Chlorine

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently announced an important clarification to the use of chlorine in organic production systems. This may require operational changes for some CCOF clients who use chlorine for postharvest washing of crops. The NOP now requires that a potable water rinse follows chlorine used in postharvest water at more than 4 parts per million (ppm). CCOF was previously able to approve the use of chlorine at levels above 4 ppm in postharvest usage because of industry confusion over the meaning of the word "residual" in the regulations.

CCOF Introduces First-of-its-Kind Online Materials Search

Industry-leading innovation makes certification easier and faster.

(January 22, 2014) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF continues to streamline organic certification through its materials revolution and will demo a new Materials Search service January 22-25 in Pacific Grove, California, at the CCOF exhibitor booth at EcoFarm.

187 Substances Relisted on National List

The National Organic Program (NOP) has relisted 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The complete list of substances can be found on the Federal Register.

2017 Sunset Review Proposed Rule

The public comment period is now open for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed 2017 Sunset Rule to remove 11 substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). If the USDA finalizes the proposed rule, then 11 previously allowed substances would be prohibited from organic production as of June 27, 2017.

43 Substances up for Discussion at NOSB Denver Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has released the list of substances up for review at their spring meeting in Denver, Colorado, on April 19-21, 2017.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit public comment via www.regulations.gov using docket number AMS-NOP-16-0100-0001 by March 30, 2017.

Asian Citrus Psyllid Concerns

Understandably, organic growers are concerned about the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that is a carrier of a devastating disease of citrus trees, huanglongbing (HLB). ACP findings are particularly concerning for organic producers because of how few choices there are for organic control methods. In cases of CDFA eradication efforts, there are no currently accepted organic treatments, but organic producers do have tools for management and prevention. 

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 Ready for Anything

Our efforts to reduce paperwork, simplify certification, and provide benefits to our members continue in 2014! We are pleased to present three important new tools built to meet your needs: our new online Materials Search, expansion of MyCCOF: Supplier Management, and field-level food safety certification.

MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!

The CCOF materials revolution continues in January 2014 with a bold new offering free for all CCOF certified members.

California Agency Revises Proposed Rules for Pesticide Applications Near School Sites

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has released a revised proposal for regulating the use of agricultural pesticides near school sites and licensed child day care facilities. The department is inviting the public to comment on the revisions through April 4, 2017.

The key revisions to the proposed regulation include:

California Fertilizer Regulations Are Topic of Public Hearing and Comment Opportunity

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is holding a hearing on July 5, 2016, in Sacramento on proposed changes to the law that regulates fertilizer production and sales in California.

CDFA is also accepting comments on these proposed changes through June 27, 2016.

Proposed changes include:

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