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AnnouncementOctober 29, 2014



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) would like to announce two new "Organic 101" blogs.  The first pertains to the word "organic" in the brand name and on the package of organic products.  The second is about the role of the National Organic Standards Board.  In addition, a new toolkit for small and mid-size livestock and poultry producers is presented.


Organic 101 Blog: "Organic" in the Brand Name...Organic in the Package

When consumers see the word "organic" on a product package or label, they have expectations about what is inside the package.  The National Organic Program (NOP), part of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), protects the integrity of the organic label by ensuring that organic producers and handlers meet consumer expectations.  The NOP recently published an instruction that will bring more clarity to products with brand names containing the word "organic."

Find out more about this instruction.

Organic 101 Blog:  The National Organic Standards Board - Representing the Organic Community

This is the twentieth installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. To mark the 20th milestone, USDA invited Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), to be a guest author. The NOSB provides critical support to the USDA and the organic community.  We thank the NOSB for their commitment to the organic community, and the integrity of the organic label.

See Dr. Richardson's blog. 

New Toolkit Aimed at Small and Mid-sized Livestock and Poultry Producers  

The USDA GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration) has created a new toolkit aimed at small and mid-sized livestock and poultry producers.  This comprehensive toolkit provides several resources for producer grants, loans, and technical assistance.  Although not specifically targeted toward organic producers, the programs are open to our community and would be helpful.


Find out more about this toolkit.

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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