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Long Live the Materials Evolution

Improvements for Materials Tracking and Approvals Continue: We have heard loud and clear that one of our clients’ biggest frustrations with the certification process is the paperwork surrounding input materials approval. In response, CCOF has been undergoing a materials evolution focused on making the process more efficient and less burdensome. We hope that you will find these changes to be positive, and welcome your feedback at any time!

More Money Available for Certification Cost Share!

More Money Available for Certification Cost Share! CCOF is excited to announce that the 2012 Certification Cost Share Program, which will cover 75 percent of certification costs up to $750, will now apply to each National Organic Program (NOP) scope of certification you have achieved. Applications are being accepted for any entity certified between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.

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MyCCOF Improvements

Additional tools have been added to the MyCCOF dashboard to make it easier than ever to get all your certification and inspection information in one place. You can now see your account status right from your dashboard, along with your inspector’s contact information, listed right next to your inspection information. 
 

MyCCOF: Materials Search – Viva La Revolution!

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

New Certificates Soon After ALL Inspections

Did you know that all certified CCOF operations remain certified until their certification is formally withdrawn, suspended, or revoked? Did you know that you can have a new copy of your certificate — effectively a federal license — at any time? It’s true. You are certified and you can have a new certificate at any time. During the recent membership survey it came to our attention that waiting for new certificates is a challenge and creates unnecessary stress for some operations.

New Certification Staff to Serve You

Organic agriculture and processing has continued to grow rapidly throughout 2015, resulting in record-breaking numbers of new operations and new requests from certified operations to add additional services, acreages, products, and more. CCOF is excited to be a part of this growth, and has responded to the additional workload by hiring more staff throughout the year.

New Client Compliance Agreement: Fix Problems at Inspection!

One of the most common sources of frustration for certified operations is being issued Notices of Noncompliance for minor paperwork issues, such as using an OMRI-listed material without first having written approval from CCOF. Our staff is committed to finding ways to work better with clients to prevent such problems and reduce the paper chase postinspection. A new idea that we are introducing is the CCOF Client Compliance Agreement.

New Director of Farm Programs Certification

CCOF Certification Services is delighted to announce that former employee April Crittenden will return to CCOF as our new director of farm programs certification. Crittenden has a long history with CCOF, having participated in nearly every aspect of the farm and quality departments, from certification specialist to senior quality and compliance supervisor. Crittenden has been committed to organic excellence at CCOF for nearly a decade, and we expect to see our farm program flourish under her leadership.

Organic Input Material (OIM) Program Reviews Now Accepted

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) OIM program is a registration and approval program that requires fertilizers and other soil amendments marketed for use in organic agriculture to be registered with CDFA and reviewed for National Organic Program (NOP) compliance.

Practices, Not Paperwork Initiative

In the last six months CCOF has been in an ongoing dialogue with the National Organic Program (NOP) and USDA about issues we see in the certification and accreditation process that are overly reliant on paperwork and unnecessarily drive up costs. We are concerned that small operators may be leaving the NOP due to both the difficult paperwork and costs of organic certification.

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