Dear OneCert:

Is there a ‘master list’ of cleaners and sanitizers we can use to clean equipment prior to Organic processing? –A Curious Manufacturer Dear Curious Manufacturer: Unfortunately no, there isn’t! Such a list would be impossible to maintain since it would involve tracking and evaluating every new cleaner and sanitizer product that comes out on the […]

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Quick Q&A: Organic Funding News and Deadlines!

What’s the scoop on the newest funding announcement? $300 million for farmers making the transition to organic?  That’s right! Last month, the USDA announced a new program and you (or someone you know) could benefit.    This new funding will include direct farmer assistance through the NRCS, including an increase in organic expertise and financial […]

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Certification and Documentation: Importing Organic Product from India

When the USDA ended the US-India Organic Recognition in early 2021, they granted an 18 month transition period. Now that this transition is complete (as of July of this year), you may be wondering what exactly is required when importing organic products from India. In this article, we explain which certifications are now needed and […]

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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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