2022 USDA Cost Share Now Open!

This week, the USDA announced they are again accepting applications for two different cost share programs for organic and transitional producers. The provided funds help cover the cost of organic certification and other related expenses through the Organic Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Producers and handlers […]

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Diversity: It’s Not Just About the Farm

Organic farms thrive on biological diversity. Additionally, organizations flourish when they are diverse and inclusive. OneCert recognizes that access to organic certification has not been equal across all communities and groups. In an effort to support a more diverse organic movement, some staff have recently participated in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training. The training […]

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Attention Poultry Producers! HPAI Detection

On February 9, 2022 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspective Service (APHIS) announced the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses in a U.S. commercial poultry  This outbreak of HPAI has been detected in a small number of counties in the Atlantic Flyway affecting poutlry production sites. This stems […]

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Is It Drift Or Are My Eyes Deceiving Me….

Driving down the county road, you admire the beauty of the end of summer morning. As you near your organic fields the dew is starting to fade as the summer sun beats down. Stepping out of your truck on the cool brisk morning there is a difference in your field’s appearance. Leaves are curled upward […]

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Are You Eligible? Additional USDA Relief for Farm & Food Workers

The USDA announced September 7, 2021 that $700 million has been made available via the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program. Per the announcement, this program will aid farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and front-line grocery workers. The relief is intended to defray costs for expenses associated with the pandemic, such as: protective equipment, […]

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Organic Assistance Through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Producers of agricultural commodities have many resources and programs at their disposal, one of them being the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Since the 1930s, FSA has provided invaluable support to America’s agriculture producers. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) supports farms and farming communities with programs including disaster relief, conservation programs, commodity price guarantee programs, and […]

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