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AnnouncementFebruary 2, 2015



The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share a new update to the National Organic Program (NOP) Handbook.  


New Policy Memo:

Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film

On October 30, 2014, the USDA organic regulations were amended to allow the use of biodegradable biobased much film in organic crop production (79 FR 58655).  This policy memorandum clarifies how certifying agents and material evaluation programs should review the biobased requirement for these products.  


PM 15-1: Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film 


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