Endorse Now! Organic Agriculture is Soil-Based

OneCert is part of a coalition of highly respected organic certifiers who worked together to create a position statement concerning the fundamental principle that organic agriculture is–and should continue to be–soil-based agriculture. This position has since been endorsed by a number of organizations who still stand behind the idea that organic terrestrial crop production is […]

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Organic Fraud Prevention Plans: OneCert Guidance for Crops, Wild Crops & Livestock Producers

According to the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) regulation update §205.201(a)(3), all organic operations are now required to establish monitoring practices and procedures to prevent fraud in the organic industry (these procedures are often referred to as Fraud Prevention Plans or “FPPs”). The NOP states Fraud Prevention Plans are required for every operation, and they must […]

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Handling SOE: 6 Priorities for Handling Operations Implementing the New Rule

The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule published by the USDA implementation period ends March 20, 2024. This means operations have until March 19, 2024, to become compliant with the rule. Handling operations, including brokers, traders, importers, distributors, and manufacturers, are among those who will be most affected by this new rule. In this post, we […]

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What You Need to Know About USDA’s SOE Organic Rule: 2 Key Impacts for Certified Producers

The end of the implementation period for the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule is fast approaching! Are you a crops, livestock, or wild harvest operation wondering what you need to implement before March 19, 2024, to stay in compliance? Read on! Although much of the new rule is directed toward handling operations like brokers, traders, […]

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Cost Share Made Easy: Your Go-To Resource for a Smooth 2023 Application

As we transition into the fall season, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) deadline is rapidly approaching. If your head is spinning trying to figure out what you need to do to receive Organic Cost Share funding for 2023, look no further! Read on to discover the information you need to complete a submission […]

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USDA Launches GLOBAL Organic Integrity Database

On May 17, the USDA launched its new GLOBAL Organic Integrity Database or ‘GLOBAL OID.’ The new GLOBAL OID is a clone of the current Organic Integrity Database, but includes operations certified to both the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) standards and USDA standards by accredited certifying agents. GLOBAL OID is part of the Trade Partners […]

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Organic Certification Just Got More Affordable!

USDA Increases Funding for Organic Cost Share Program The USDA has increased funding for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). This means that organic producers and handlers can now receive up to 75% of their certification costs reimbursed, up to $750 per scope of certification. This is a $250 increase from the previous two […]

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What to Expect at Your Organic Inspection

Whether it is your first inspection or your tenth, onsite inspections can be a little intimidating and overwhelming. Read on to take out some of the guesswork. Discover what the regulations require during inspections, what a typical inspection may include, and how you can prepare. Regulatory Requirements for Inspection Inspections are primarily covered in the […]

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OneCert 2023 Renewal News & Reminders for Producers

The due date for producer renewals is March 15th! Have you submitted? The new year is going fast, but we are off to a great start and can’t wait to help meet your organic certification needs again this year. Annual updates are due next week for all existing OneCert clients certified for Crops, Livestock and […]

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The New SOE Rules: Is my business required to get certified?

The National Organic Program (NOP) introduced new regulations that will be implemented on March 19, 2024. Operations that will require certification under this rule must be certified by this date. The new regulations, known collectively as the “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” rules, or “SOE,” limit the number of operations that can continue to go uncertified by […]

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