Anticipated USDA Rule will Require More Operations to be Certified Organic

The USDA plans to publish a new proposed rule in 2020 which will tighten certification requirements. This “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” proposed rule will close gaps in the supply chain by requiring more operations to be certified. It will primarily affect currently excluded importers, exporters, traders, and brokers. Retailers, storage facilities, and transporters remain exempt in […]

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OneCert Covid-19 & Inspection Plan Updates

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and we want you to know the health of our employees, inspectors, and our clients are our priority. Most in-office OneCert staff will continue to telecommute until further notice except for a few key personnel to perform daily duties that cannot be done remotely. We want you […]

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Preparing Your Records for Inspection in The Covid-19 Era

While the organic record-keeping requirements for certified operations aren’t likely to change any time soon, the way organic operations are asked to present their records may be–at least temporarily. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) office emphasizes that annual organic inspections must go on, though certifying agencies have been asked to […]

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