The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provides federal funds to assist growers and handlers with the costs associated with applying for and maintaining organic certification under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. New OCCSP applications are due October 31, 2020.
In late July, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hosted a meeting in which they provided updates concerning their research projects. The recording of the update is now available online.
The Ventura County Food Safety Association (VCFSA) is hosting an online meeting entitled, “Produce Safety Rule — Regulatory Update Regarding Water.” The virtual meeting will take place on August 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and is free to VCFSA members. Non-members will be charged a $40 fee. The guest speaker is Dr. Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety for the Produce...
On August 5, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider the prohibition of glyphosate-based products at their board hearing. Members of the agricultural industry are encouraged to submit a comment concerning this potential prohibition
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working on a new protocol for developing and registering treatments for water used on crops prior to harvest. On July 30, the FDA announced a new protocol to reduce foodborne bacteria in agriculture water for pre-harvest.
The annual California Avocado Commission General Election will be held in October 2020 for one producer member seat in each of CAC’s five districts, as well as one handler member seat. Producer and handler nomination forms for these positions are now available online.
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