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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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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Introducing OTA’s Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

From time to time we like to share tools and resources that we think are helpful to our certified organic operations. In this post, we are excited to introduce you to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions. The Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions is a voluntary program designed to help organic businesses minimize […]

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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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The USDA’s Game-Changing Proposed Rule: Open for Comments

On August 5, 2020 the USDA released their “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” proposed rule, opening a 60 day public comment period. The changes are meant to improve organic oversight and to protect integrity in the organic supply chain. The proposal includes: Reduced exemptions from certification requiring more operations to be certified Requirements for import certificates for […]

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