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AnnouncementSeptember 28, 2012

The National Organic Program (NOP) published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the May 2012 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB recommended that the NOP:
  1. Renew six material listings, three with recommended annotation changes, on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) scheduled to expire November 3, 2013.
  2. Add choline and inositol to 205.605(b) with restrictions.
  3. Add citrus hystrix and curry leaf to 205.606.
  4. Develop guidance materials to material review organizations.
  5. Transmit a letter to Secretary Vilsack regarding the establishment of a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ad-hoc NOSB sub-committee.
  6. Encourage USDA research agencies to prioritize funding for emerging organic research needs as recommended by NOSB on an annual basis.
  7. Provide additional information to the NOSB on GMO vaccines.

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Farmer's Guide to Organic Contracts

Recently, the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) published the Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts.  

This new resource for the organic community can help organic farmers evaluate, negotiate, and manage contract agreements with buyers of organic farm products. This farmer-friendly legal guide includes:

  1. An overview of contract laws important to farmers.
  2. A Quick Organic Contract Checklist and practical toolkit farmers can use to review and negotiate contract offer.
  3. Highlighted sections illustrating how federal organic regulations interact with organic contracts.
  4. Examples and discussion of over 100 types of organic contract provisions.
  5. Detailed information about solving the types of contract disputes that commonly arise in the organic market.

View Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts 

This project was supported by the Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) program of the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

About the NOSB

The 15-member National Organic Standards Board is made up of organic farmers and growers, handlers and processors, retailers, environmentalists and conservationists, consumer and public interest advocates, a scientist, and a USDA-accredited certifying agent. The NOSB advises the Secretary of Agriculture on allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling and other issues related to the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act.


About the National Organic Program (NOP)

The NOP facilitates trade and ensures integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

About the NOP Organic Insider

The NOP Organic Insider informs the organic community on a wide range of NOP functions, including organic standards, accreditation and international activities, compliance and enforcement, the National Organic Standards Board, training events, and the Cost Share program.


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