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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2022 Producer Renewal Updates

It’s that time again for OneCert certified producer operation’s annual renewal! Those operations that have received renewal packets recently may notice some changes to the provided paperwork. OneCert has updated some of our forms and even created new ones to better capture the certified operation’s organic system plan. Below is a highlight of some of […]

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2022: The Promise of a New Year

Here we are again, at the end of another year. As is usual for this time, we find ourselves looking back on the milestones of another busy year, but also looking forward to the new year with renewed energy. Here are just a few of the things we are eagerly anticipating in 2022: 01 Strengthening […]

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Harvest what you plant, but make sure it’s on your certificate first!

but, DONT sell or market your organic products without them being first listed on your organic certificate! Many farmers are entering the harvest period of their year and are ready to start selling their commodities. Farmers can start the process of producing organic products by planting, providing for fertility and pest, weed, and disease control, […]

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Apply Today! New USDA Funding for Organic and Transitioning Operations

UPDATE (1/21/2022): The deadline for 2020 and 2021 fiscal years has been extended to February 4, 2022! Last week the USDA announced a new pandemic assistance funded by the CARES Act that will help cover expenses for organic and transitional operations. Operations may apply for reimbursement of eligible expenses paid during the 2020, 2021, and […]

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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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