Grants Available for Dairy Processors in Western States

Dairy Cow Herd on Alexandre EcoDairy Farm

Applications from dairy processors in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington will be due February 29 for grants that will provide funding for pandemic recovery and for modernizing, specializing, expanding, investigating and/or marketing regionally produced higher-value milk products.

USDA Seeks Applications for Value-Added Grant Program To Help Farmers and Ranchers Seek New Markets

Charolette Epps, CCOF Foundation grantee, in the greenhouse with her variety of sweet potato plants

The USDA is now accepting applications for grants to help agricultural producers maximize the value of their products and venture into new and better markets. 

Electronic applications are due April 11, 2024, and paper applications must be postmarked by April 16, 2024. More information on submission dates below.

Want To Make Energy-Conserving Improvements? Low-Interest Financing Available

As utility companies announce significant increases in energy costs, now is a good time to consider installing energy-conserving improvements in your farm or business. 

CCOF will host a webinar on the State of California’s GoGreen Business Energy Financing program on Tuesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

USDA Accepting Requests for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021 may be eligible for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program. This program is an important step in delivering on USDA’s commitment of providing financial assistance to those who have faced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs.

CCOF Develops Disaster Response Protocol to Assist Impacted Organic Operations

(Wildfire remains Solano, CA by Fusaromike via Getty Images)

CCOF has long offered support to its certified organic members who have experienced losses due to natural disasters including wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. In response to increasing frequency of such disasters, CCOF has created a communications and outreach strategy that will be initiated when a state or federal disaster has been declared. 

Are Organic Office Hours Right for YOU?

(Photo by Edible Monterey​)​​​​​​

Are you a farmer who is certified organic or in organic transition who needs help staying in compliance and understanding the organic regulations? Maybe you are a mentor needing to find out how to best help a farmer through the organic process, or an organization tasked with helping a soon-to-be organic farmer? 

Program Postponed: Applications Now Being Accepted for CDFA State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

(Organic pepper plants with drip irrigation system courtesy of Diyana Dimitrova)

Note as of 12/19/2023 - CDFA is pausing the SWEEP solicitation. Please refer to the SWEEP website for further updates: 


University of California Releases New Cost and Return Study on Organic Processing Apples

The latest addition to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) series of crop cost and return studies describes the practices and associated costs of producing organic processing apples grown on the Central Coast, including land preparation, fertility and pest management, irrigation, labor, and harvest. The reports also include tables reporting potential profits under various price and yield scenarios. Processing apples grown in the Central Coast are typically used to make juice and sparkling cider.