Oregon Tilth to merge with California Certified Organic Farmers

Oregon Tilth and CCOF will merge to become CCOF Tilth later this year.

Oregon Tilth and CCOF will merge to become CCOF Tilth later this year.

The leaders of Oregon Tilth and California Certified Organic Farmers — known as CCOF — on Monday announced plans to merge the two organizations under the name CCOF Tilth.

Both nonprofit groups are leaders in organic certification — CCOF certifies more than 2,300 organic farms while Oregon Tilth certifies more than 1,400 — a growing sector of the food industry.

Members of both organizations will be asked to ratify the merger which is planned for October 31.

"Both Oregon Tilth’s and CCOF’s origins date back to the 1970s amidst growing interest in the benefits of organic farming," said Chris Schreiner, Oregon Tilth's executive director, in a press release. "We both have deep roots in the organic movement."

The two groups worked together to form the Western Alliance of Certifying Organizations in the 1980s and in the 1990s helped form the Eugene-based Organic Materials Review Institute, which evaluates products for organic processing.

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