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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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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SOE, Are You Ready?! USDA Issues New Regulations

Today the USDA published the final Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rule in the Federal Register. This long-awaited regulatory update is intended to reduce fraud, strengthen oversight of both organic operations and certifiers, and improve the USDA’s enforcement tools. OneCert started gearing up two years ago by making sure we have enough experienced staff ready to […]

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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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Pest Management in Organic Facilities

The organic standards require that a progressive approach to facilities pest management be taken by organic growers and handlers. The organic pest control regulations described below can be found at https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-7/subtitle-B/chapter-I/subchapter-M/part-205/subpart-C/section-205.271. (Level A) First, pests must be controlled through management practices like sanitation, removal of pest food sources and habitat, controlling access to pests, and […]

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