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Help Keep Politics Out of the Organic Standards

Please send a letter to your U.S. senator today and urge them to vote NO on any amendments to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that interferes with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to keep organic animal welfare standards strong.

Send an electronic letter directly to your senators.

House Rejects Farm Bill - Future Uncertain for Organic and Other Programs

As the farm bill process has twisted and turned, it’s been hard to predict what comes next.  Today, in a turn of events that surprised many, the House voted down the farm bill. The $940 billion bill was weak on organic and other sustainable agriculture priorities, but having no bill may be even worse. The USDA is currently acting under an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, which expires in September. Under the extension, many programs important to CCOF members, such as the Organic Certification Cost Share program, are not available.

Investments in Climate Smart Agriculture Delayed

This week the California State Legislature sent the fiscal year 2016-17 budget to Governor Jerry Brown without deciding how the state would spend billions in climate change investments.

It's Time to Share Your Story Again!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced its draft agenda for the spring 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting to be held in La Jolla, California at the end of April.

Join CCOF April 12 for Free Webinar on AB 1826, The California Organic Food and Farming Act

CCOF invites you to join an informational webinar on AB 1826—The California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA)—a bill introduced by California Assemblymember Mark Stone to level the playing field for California’s organic producers and update the role of the State Organic Program.

Kelly Damewood is CCOF’s New Policy Director!

Kelly Damewood joined CCOF as Policy Director on July 14.

Last Call for Certification Cost Share

CCOF is excited to announce that 33% of its members in California have successfully applied for the organic certification cost-share rebate, which refunds 75% of certification-related expenses up to a maximum of $750 per certified scope of operation. 

We encourage the remainder of CCOF-certified members to apply for certification cost share in California before the postmark deadline of November 29, 2014. We also encourage members in other states to submit applications for cost share according to their state deadlines.

Last Chance to Comment on Calculating Organic Percentages Draft Guidance!

The comment period is closing soon to submit comments to the National Organic Program regarding their draft guidance on calculating the percentage of organic ingredients in multi-ingredient products.

Comments can be submitted until April 7, 2017 to regulations.gov using docket number AMS_FRDOC_0001-1558.

The draft guidance could impact product labelling and the calculation of organic ingredients.

Last Chance to Comment on the 2017 Sunset Review Materials!

The comment period is closing soon for the proposed rule removing 11 materials from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). 
 
Comments are accepted until April 19, 2017 on regulations.gov using docket number AMS-NOP-16-0052-0001. 
 

Last Chance! Comment on the Organic Check-Off Today

April 19, 2017 is the last day to submit comments on the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order, commonly known as the Organic Check-Off.

After extending the deadline by 60 days, the National Organic Program has received over 3,500 comments on the program.

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