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AnnouncementJuly 15, 2013

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a new instruction for certifying agents. This resource clarifies the certifying agent's duties during the organic certification process.

Additionally, USDA invites you to read Secretary Vilsack's blog article on President Obama's Climate Action Plan.

Organic Certification: Separation of Duties

Once a farmer or processor submits his or her application for organic certification, 3 distinct roles are involved in the organic certification process:

  1. Reviewer of documents: Reviews the written plan describing the practices and substances to be used (Organic System Plan), and other application materials.  
  2. Inspector: Conducts the on-site inspection and summarizes findings in a report.
  3. Certification decision-maker: Makes the final decision to grant or deny certification of an operation based on a review of the documents and the inspection report.

View Instruction 

Vilsack Discusses Climate Action Plan

In a recent USDA Blog article, Secretary Vilsack discusses USDA's contributions to President Obama's Climate Action Plan.

For example, USDA now has 7 "regional climate hubs" to provide farmers and ranchers with regionally-appropriate information to adapt to climate change.

View Blog Article  

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