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CCOF Honors National Co+op Grocers with its First “Organic Champion” Award

Reposted from the National Co-op Grocer website.  California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), a nonprofit organization that provides organic certification, education, advocacy and promotion, last week honored National Co+op Grocers (NCG) with its first CCOF Foundation Organic Champion Award. NCG is the business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide. CCOF presented the award at […] Read Post »


Organic Checkoff Progresses

By Jenna Blumenfeld; Reposted from New Hope Network The beef industry has one. The dairy industry has one. And possibly, the organic industry will have one, too. Today the USDA announced that a proposal for a national organic check-off program will go live on the Federal Register. The proposal, titled the Generic Research and Promotion Order for […] Read Post »


USDA approves transitional certification for farmers switching to organic

Reposted from New Hope Network. Original Source: Organic Trade Association Today, the Organic Trade Association announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering […] Read Post »


Lakeside Organic Gardens donates $2 million toward education programs

reprinted from:   Produce News, first published January 11, 2016 Dick Peixoto’s dream of having an educational facility to showcase organic farming is closer to becoming a reality. He and the Peixoto family have contributed $2 million dollars to the development of an organic and sustainable agriculture learning center. This center will be a resource for […] Read Post »


CCOF Publishes Review of the California State Organic Program

Submitted by Kelly Damewood on Mon, 11/30/2015 Since the implementation of the national organic standards in 2002, CCOF members have expressed concerns that the California State Organic Program (SOP) duplicates the fee and reporting requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). In response to these concerns, CCOF wrote a comprehensive report in 2015 titled […] Read Post »