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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Have Hemp Acres? New Hemp Acreage & Production Survey this Fall

The USDA announced that starting this October they will be mailing a survey to collect information about total planted and harvested hemp in the United States. The survey will ask for information on various forms of hemp, including hemp grown for flower, transplants, grain for human consumption, fiber, and seed. The survey is being conducted […]

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National List Comment Period Open!

Today the USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List for crops, livestock and handling based on recommendations from the NOSB after completing the 2022 Sunset Review. The proposed changes address recommendations submitted to the Secretary after past public meetings. This proposed rule would remove: Two substances currently allowed […]

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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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Apply Today! 2021 Organic Cost Share Program

As summer winds down and we start to look toward fall, there is one important deadline to remember: The application deadline for Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is November 1, 2021! On August 17, 2021 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that organic producers and handlers can submit their applications for cost share […]

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National List Update: Oxalic acid, Pullulan, and Collagen Gel

Effective July 26, 2021, additional substances will be allowed for organic production. Specifically, the final rule adds: Oxalic acid dihydrate (added to §205.603) – for use as a pesticide solely in apiculture Nonorganic pullulan (added to §205.605) – for use only in tablets and capsules for dietary supplements labelled “made with organic” Collagen gel (added […]

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Dear OneCert: Changes, Changes, Changes

Dear OneCert Team, Help! Our operation is undergoing some major changes and we want to stay compliant with the organic regulations. What type of documentation must we submit? Thanks! Sarah Dear Sarah, Thank you for contacting OneCert regarding the changes to your organic operation. Changes to your organic system plan can be submitted and reviewed […]

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The Best Organic Training for all Operations

If you are responsible for organic compliance for your farm or business, we highly recommend checking out the NOP Organic Integrity Learning Center (OILC). Although most of these courses were written for organic certifiers and inspectors, we find that they are just as beneficial for certified organic operations. These free, fully online courses are an […]

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Mexico Trade Update: Take Action Now for Exports in 2022!

Starting January 1, 2022, organic products exported to Mexico will need to have LPO certification. As you may have heard, in December of 2020 the Mexican government published new import requirements for organic products entering Mexico. These new requirements state that all organic products entering Mexico must be certified to Mexico’s LPO standards or come […]

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