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AnnouncementDecember 17, 2014



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share the Spanish translation of the National Organic Program (NOP) Handbook, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting materials from the October 2014 NOSB meeting and information about an international organization of interest to the organic community.  

Handbook in Spanish -
Manual en español

The NOP is happy to provide the Spanish version of the USDA organic regulations and program handbook. The Spanish version will make it easier for Spanish speaking farmers, handlers and certifiers to understand and comply with the USDA organic regulations.  


El NOP es feliz de presentar versiones en español de la USDA reglamento orgánico y Manual del Programa. Las versiones en español , será más fácil para los de habla española agricultores , manipuladores y certificadores de entender y cumplir con el reglamento orgánico del USDA.



Program Handbook en español or

NOSB Fall Meeting Materials Published

We are pleased to announce that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendations and transcripts from the October 2014 meeting have been published electronically.  The NOSB met from October 28 - 30, 2014, in Louisville, Kentucky. To view the transcripts and other meeting materials click the links below:


View Transcripts or NOSB Meeting Materials 


Organic Trade in the Americas: The Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture

The Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA) was founded to support organic agriculture in the Americas, especially Latin America, where there has been significant growth in production over past decade. The U.S. sources many organic products from Latin America and many Latin American countries want to strengthen ties with the United States through organics.  ICOA, an international organization, aims to harmonize organic standards, strengthen control systems and support market development.  This year, USDA participated in ICOA's Sixth Regular Meeting in Panama.  To learn more about the USDA's participation click the link below to the USDA blog:


Organic Trade in the Americas    


About the Agricultural Marketing Service

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