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AnnouncementJuly 17, 2012

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has updated the audit checklists and Sunset dates sections of the NOP Handbook. View Full Program Handbook 

USDA is also looking for feedback on its Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program. 

National List Sunset Dates 

The National Organic Standards Board must review all substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances every five years and recommend renewing, removing, or changing each listing. This process is commonly referred to as "Sunset review."

NOP 5611 provides the public with an easy way to identify the Sunset or expiration date for all substances included on the National List. This resource now reflects the expiration dates established by the Sunset 2012 Final Rule, except those that are effective October 21, 2012.   

Audit Checklists
NOP made small updates to several checklists USDA auditors use while assessing certifying agents, including the incorporation of the natural resources conservation requirements (Section 205.200).      


Beginning Farms and Ranchers Programs

Are you a beginning farmer or rancher? Or have you worked on a project funded by the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program?

USDA would like to learn how we can better support training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. Please provide feedback by:  

Participating in Stakeholder Workshop Webinar 

(limited to 60 participants) 
July 24, 2012 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Join Webinar 

Sending Written Comments 
Email | Fax: 202-401-1782 
About the National Organic Program (NOP)

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