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AnnouncementDecember 10, 2012


Earlier this year, USDA launched its Organic Literacy Initiative. This effort includes self-paced training modules, outreach materials, and a guide to organic and organic-related USDA programs.  

These overview materials are designed as a first step in understanding organic certification. The next step for prospective organic operations is learning more about their specific type of organic production: crops, livestock, or processed products.    

When considering organic certification, one of the main questions farms and businesses ask is, what would I need to change in order to go organic?    

New Guides for Organic Operations

To describe the relevant organic requirements, provide best practices, and further explain the certification process, the National Organic Program (NOP) partnered with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) to provide the following detailed guides:  

These guides provide helpful information for both beginning farmers and current organic operations looking to adopt new management approaches.  

The NOP encourages you to use and share these resources, helping current and prospective organic farms better understand the organic standards.   

Note: the guides are quite large and may take a few minutes to download. 

Organic Alcoholic Beverages Policy Memo

The NOP fixed the non-working links in Policy Memo 11-3:

Labeling of Alcoholic Beverages with Organic References  

About the National Organic Program (NOP)

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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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