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AnnouncementDecember 20, 2013

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share new fact sheets to support organic trade.

We'd also like to highlight upcoming training opportunities (including one in Spanish!).

New Organic Trade Fact Sheets

To facilitate the exchange of organic products, the U.S. has established trade partnerships with several countries.

These arrangements provide U.S. organic producers with additional market opportunities and allow consumers to enjoy a wider range of organic products year-round.

AMS published two fact sheets and a USDA blog article to support organic trade:

Summarizes current trade opportunities for organic farms and businesses based in the U.S.

Describes the requirements for foreign organic products to be sold in the U.S. market.

By Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Organic Certifier Training
In partnership with the Accredited Certifiers Association, AMS will hold its annual certifier training on February 19, 2014. This training is restricted to USDA-accredited organic certifiers only. Following the one-day training provided by National Organic Program staff, the Accredited Certifiers Association will hold its annual professional development training February 20 - 21, 2014.

February 19 - 21, 2014
Wyndham Hotel Bayside
San Diego, California

Organic Certifier + Inspector Training (in Spanish)
To better serve our Spanish-speaking stakeholders, AMS is partnering with the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) to provide a two-day training in Spanish. National Organic Program staff will provide the training and IOIA will manage logistics. The training is open to certifiers, inspectors, and Government agency personnel. IOIA will provide on-site bilingual logistical support, but not English translation.

March 18 - 19, 2014
Tilajari Hotel Ciudad
Quesada, Costa Rica
Hurry! IOIA room block expires soon!

About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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