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Climate Change & Organic Farming

This article was written by Renata Brillinger, California Climate & Agriculture Network.

This is a good news and a bad news story. First, the bad news…

Comment on Organic Exemption Rule!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed a rule that exempts more organic producers, handlers, and importers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs. The rule is open for comment through February 17, 2015.

The Proposed Exemption

Comment Opportunity on Critically Overdrafted Groundwater Basins in California

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is updating the list of critically overdrafted basins in the state as part of its responsibilities under the new California groundwater management law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.

Complete the 2014 Organic Survey!

CCOF strongly encourages all organic farmers to complete the 2014 Organic Survey.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently mailed out the 2014 Organic Survey to organic farmers throughout the U.S. This is only the second time NASS has conducted this national survey; the last time was in 2008.

Complete Your Organic Survey Today!

CCOF strongly encourages all organic farmers to complete the 2014 Organic Survey.

In January, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed out the 2014 Organic Survey to organic farmers throughout the U.S. This is only the second time NASS has conducted this national survey; the last time was in 2008.

Congressional DARK Act Supporters Undermine GMO Labeling Efforts

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop all state and local regulation of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO labeling requirements. The vote was 275 in favor and 150 opposed.

The bill, dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, was widely seen as an effort to undermine state-level labeling of GMO foods. CCOF wrote letters to representatives who voted on both sides of the issue, praising those who voted against it and expressing disappointment toward those who supported it.

Conservation Program Deadline—Two Weeks Away

Farmers and ranchers have until February 27 to sign up for the largest federal conservation program.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rewards farmers and ranchers for conservation and environmental benefits produced from working agricultural lands. Private agricultural land, including crop, pasture, and rangeland, is eligible to enroll.

DARK Act Update

The DARK Act, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to require labels on foods made of or containing genetically modified (GM) crops, is slowly working its way through the federal legislative system.

Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, the Pompeo Act, unofficially known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, is scheduled for introduction to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week. The Ag Committee will review the bill and vote on whether to forward it to the full Senate for consideration.

Deadline Approaching – Give Your Feedback to NOSB Today!

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)1 before the April 14 deadline.

NOSB will meet April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. to review organic materials and standards. During the April meeting, NOSB will review numerous materials, including copper sulfate used in organic rice production and carrageenan used in organic processing. Your operation may be affected!

Deadline Approaching – Give your feedback to NOSB today!

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before the October 8th deadline. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)* will meet October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, to review organic materials and standards. The long list of materials up for review by NOSB during this meeting includes humic acids, parasiticides, and colors used in processing. Your operation may be affected!

To advocate on your behalf, CCOF will submit comments on materials and standards. . .

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