California Organic Food, Farming Act Signed into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA). This legislation marks the first update to California’s state organic law and program in over a decade, according to California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) press release. CCOF sponsored the bill, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), which earned bipartisan support in both houses of the California Legislature before receiving Governor Brown’s signature.
“California’s state organic program has helped the state become the global leader in organics, but it has also created some duplicative fees and paperwork for producers. COFFA will help limit those duplications and ensure California remains as a top producer of the high quality organic products enjoyed by consumers around the world,” said Stone.
COFFA streamlines the registration process by allowing USDA-accredited organic certifying agents to submit registration information for their clients directly to the state. CCOF will implement this process and anticipates saving CCOF-certified farmers hundreds of hours in paperwork every year, especially farmers growing multiple crops.