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AnnouncementDecember 8, 2014



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce upcoming webinars of interest to the organic community. We are also sharing an updated Instruction recently sent to certifiers.

Reminder: December 9 Webinar on 
Organic Integrity Database

Reminder: On Tuesday December 9, 2014, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time, the AMS National Organic Program (NOP) and Information Technology Service (ITS) will host an interactive webinar about the development of the Organic Integrity Database.


We will open with a short presentation about the database development project, including its goals, current development priorities, and timeline. We will then invite feedback from the group about database priorities, and any additional requirements that are critical to the organic community and consumers.


Pre-registration is not required for this webinar session. To participate:


Step 1- Dial In by Phone:

Toll-Free (U.S. & Canada): 866.740.1260

Access Code: 7202000


Step 2: Also Access the Web:  

Meeting URL:     

On the left side of the screen, enter
Participant Access Code: 7202000  


AMS Webinar: December 18
Using Fruit and Vegetable Market News

Join the AMS Fruit and Vegetable program for a series of free, interactive webinars that provide practical information about how to buy, receive, and handle bulk fresh and fresh cut produce safely and efficiently. On December 18, 2014, AMS will present the webinar How to Use Fruit and Vegetable Market News. Registration is required and space is limited.


Register: How to Use Fruit and Vegetable Market News  


Updated Instruction for Certifiers:

Annual List of Certified Operations

The NOP is preparing to update our list of certified operations for 2014. To begin this process, we recently sent an updated Instruction to certifiers for how to submit their annual lists to the NOP. Lists are due on January 2, 2015.   


NOP 2026: Submitting Annual Lists of Certified Operations


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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