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National Organic Program
Welcome to the National Organic Program  
USDA Organic Seal
What is organic?
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. Consumer Information.


Our Mission
Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world. About Us + Reports | USDA Organic Seal


Organic Standards
Regulations and guidance on certification, production, handling, and labeling of USDA organic products. Learn more.


National Organic Standards Board
Members of the organic community appointed to advise USDA on substances and other regulatory topics. Learn more.


Organic Certification & Accreditation
Third-party agents around the world certify operations to USDA organic standards. Learn more.



Compliance & Enforcement
Protecting integrity of USDA organic products through enforcement actions for non-compliance. Learn more.


News and Outreach
Notifying the public on policy changes and other USDA resources to support organic agriculture. Subscribe



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General Information
  2015 Sunset Review Published Notice  
  2015-2018 Strategic Plan (PDF)  
  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  
  June 2015 Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)  
  Fact Sheets  
  Public Correspondence  
Open for Public Comment
  Last Modified Date: 12/12/2014