National Organic Program

USDA Seeks Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Release No.: 084-17

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill an upcoming vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal advisory committee. Written nominations, with cover letter, resume, and an advisory committee background information form, must be postmarked or received on or before by Aug. 7, 2017.

Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain: Resource List for Organic Certifiers and Certified Handlers

The size and complexity of organic trade has grown over time, and many U.S. businesses rely on imports to create organic products that consumers want. As the market grows, many growers, processors, and handlers are working in multi-business supply chains, often across borders. Organic handlers and their certifiers play a vital role in ensuring the integrity of organic products from farm to market.

Market News Organic Reporting Webinar

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a live, interactive webinar on Organic Reporting within our multiple Market News divisions.  Join us to learn about how our Specialty Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Poultry & Seed, and Cotton & Tobacco Market News programs provide you with FREE access to the market information you would want to know about Organic products.  Our webinar will cover areas such as:

The Organic Insider

The Organic Insider is an email notification service that the AMS National Organic Program uses to send out program updates to the organic community. We send an average of 4-8 messages a month on a range of topics related to organic agriculture at USDA, including regulatory updates, requests for public comments, and notices about upcoming activities.

2017 NOSB Oral Comment Webinar Registration

Webinar Information

  • October 24, 2017, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern (3 minute comment slot)
  • October 26, 2017, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern, if needed. (3 minute comment slot)

The deadline to register for an oral comment slot is 11:59 p.m. ET, October 11, 2017.

Please provide any additional information that will assist me with scheduling. For example, if you are calling into the webinar and live in a different time zone. I will do my best to accommodate requests if possible.

Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain: Overview for Certified Organic Handlers

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world. As the organic market grows, many growers, processors, and handlers are working within multi-business supply chains, often across borders. This short video reviews the responsibilities of organic handlers in verifying that organic imports comply with U.S. standards. The video also reviews the role of certifiers in overseeing imports and enforcing the standards.

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