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AnnouncementDecember 29, 2014



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to invite public comments on its draft guidance on natural resource and biodiversity conservation, and to announce a new blog posting related to organic seed.   

Draft Guidance: Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation


Today, the Agricultural Marketing Service published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the opening of a public comment period for the following document: Draft Guidance: Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation for Certified Organic Operations.


When finalized, the guidance will help organic certifiers, farms, and businesses understand the types of production practices that support conservation principles and demonstrate compliance with the USDA organic regulations. The guidance also clarifies the role of certifiers and inspectors in verifying operator compliance with this regulatory requirement. 


The public comment period for this draft guidance will be open from December 29, 2014 through February 27, 2015.  


Draft Guidance

Comment on the guidance may be submitted through

Organic 101 Blog: Organic Seeds Are

Fundamental From the Start

Organic farmers rely on organic seeds to meet the growing demand for certified organic products. These seeds are essential to the integrity of the supply chain for quality organic food, feed, and other products.


Organic 101: Organic Seeds Are Fundamental Right from the Start  


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