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AnnouncementJune 19, 2014


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share a newly revised Accreditation Assessment Checklist, and a funding opportunity related to citrus diseases and pests.  

National Organic Program Accreditation Assessment Checklist

A revised NOP Accreditation Assessment Checklist (NOP 2005) has been added to the NOP Program Handbook.

This checklist provides a standard format for auditors to record evidence of compliance during on-site assessments.


View NOP 2005, Accreditation Assessment Checklist

Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension (SCRI/CDRE) request for applications (RFA).  The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) is to conduct research and extension activities, technical assistance and development activities to:  (a) combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive; and (b) provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests. 


You must submit a stakeholder relevance statement by July 18, 2014 in order to be invited to submit a full application. 


Invited full application deadline:  September 29, 2014


NIFA Funding Opportunity Page Synopsis Page Application Package


If you have questions, contact Dr. Tom Bewick or Daniel Schmoldt

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