Monsanto petitions the USDA for deregulation of dicamba tolerant corn varieties

Organic stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the petition, which can be found here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/brs-news-and-information/2020_brs_news/monstanto_corn_050820 In 2015, Monsanto sought deregulation of dicamba tolerant bean and cotton varieties marketed to farmers as the solution to the increasing glyphosate resistance of weeds like Palmer Amaranth. While the new dicamba tolerant crops were certainly a way for Monsanto […]

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UPDATE: US-Canada Organic Equivalence (USCOEA) Requirements

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently revised their import policy for USDA certified organic products traded under the U.S.-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (USCOEA). As of April 30, 2020, all certified USDA organic products imported to Canada must be accompanied by an organic certificate that includes the following attestation statement: “Certified in accordance with […]

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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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