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AnnouncementMay 29, 2014


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the Cost Share Report to Congress for 2014 and an Organic Seed webinar.  We also invite you to check out the USDA Farmers Market if you are in the Washington, DC area.   

2014 Cost Share Report to Congress  

 The 2014 Cost Share Report to Congress is now available on the National Organic Program (NOP) website. The report shows that in 2013, the 15 states participating in the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) cost share program had provided $1,335,595 in cost-share assistance to 2,687 organic producers.


All 50 states and U.S. territories will be eligible to participate in the reauthorized Cost Share program in 2014. Look for more information on that program soon!


2014 Organic Certification Cost Share Report to Congress


Organic Seed Webinar

Join eOrganic and the Organic Seed Alliance for a webinar on "Understanding the NOP Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed." The webinar is on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 am Eastern Time. It is designed for organic certifiers, inspectors, and operations, and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.


The webinar will cover the availability of organic seed, as well as the National Organic Program's 2013 guidance that clarifies the organic seed regulatory requirements. 


The presenters are Kristina Hubbard of the Organic Seed Alliance, Emily Brown Rosen of the USDA National Organic Program, Zea Sonnabend of California Certified Organic Farmers and the National Organic Standards Board and Cullen Carns-Hilliker of the Midwest Organic Services Association. They will share their perspectives on enforcing organic seed requirements, and recommendations for encouraging increased sourcing of organic seed. Finally, participants will be introduced to tools and resources that support organic seed sourcing and production. 


This webinar is supported by a contract from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program.


Learn more or register


Are You In the District of Columbia, 

Maryland, or Virginia?

On Friday, June 6, the USDA Farmers Market moves outdoors for the 2014 season! Join us for the opening, which will feature a military chef barbecue battle. Chefs from all branches of service will compete, using fresh local ingredients purchased from the USDA Farmers Market, and herbs and honey produced in the USDA People's Garden. Celebrity judges will be on hand, too. 


The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 am EDT, and the market runs from 10 am until 2 pm. It is located in the USDA parking lot at the corner of 12th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W.


For additional information, contact the AMS Transportation and Marketing Program.


See you there!

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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