CCOF Annual Conference 2018 at Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, February 22 – 23

February 22 – February 23, 2018

Join us in Sacramento on February 22-23, 2018 to explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities. Leaders in policy development, education, and agricultural technology will also share their insights as key individuals helping support these regional economic changes.

The presence of organic businesses—especially when they exist in clusters, or “hotspots”—stimulates and strengthens rural economic development. Studies by Penn State Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke conclusively show that median household incomes increase and poverty rates decrease as a direct result of organic food and crop production by county. The potential for organic as a rural economic development tool is vast—especially given the inherent environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The organic industry has the capacity to create real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. As these regions spread with California at the forefront, clusters of economically healthy communities have the potential to link throughout the entire country. Organic businesses have become unique economic drivers that have the capacity to protect our environment while functioning as a key component of an economic toolkit.

We hope you will also celebrate this year’s Organic Champion Awardee Melody Meyer with us at our annual CCOF Foundation Feast on February 22. As one of its very first supporters, Meyer has been an unwavering champion of CCOF’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, providing unparalleled commitment as a member of the fund’s advisory committee, as well as generous financial contributions to the fund.

The CCOF Annual Meeting and educational conference is an annual tradition that convenes the CCOF membership and supporters to celebrate successes and plan for the future of organic. The conference also benefits the programs of the CCOF Foundation: the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the Organic Training Institute, the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund, and our consumer education programming.

The tradition of our annual educational conference is treasured as a yearly opportunity for the organic community to network, share resources, and learn how to grow your businesses. Every other year, we hold our event in Sacramento, California to highlight the strength of organic in the state at the capitol. We hope you will join us to share your knowledge. Register today!

Venue

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: https://www.ccof.org/

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