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AnnouncementMay 6, 2015


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the outcome of a review of USDA organic regulations and shares Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) materials featuring organic producers.  

Outcome of "Section 610" Review


Today, following a review that included a 60-day public comment period, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the Notice "Regulatory Flexibility Act:  Section 610 Review of National Organic Program (76 FR 10527)."  The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires AMS to conduct a periodic review of the organic regulations to determine their impact on small businesses.  Based on the review and comments, AMS has determined that the USDA organic regulations are not overly complex and do not significantly overlap or conflict with other regulations. 

The NOP continues to collaborate with the National Organic Standards Board, accredited certifiers, and the organic community to further refine and develop organic standards for all organic farms and businesses. 

Final Published Notice


Comments to the Original Notice

Profiles in Soil Health Feature Organic Producers 


The Natural Resources Conservation Service, as part of its "Profiles in Soil Health" series, has produced five videos each featuring an organic producer.  The "Profiles in Soil Health" series is part of a larger "Soil Health Awareness" initiative designed to explain the basics and benefits of soil health  and to share Soil Health Management Systems used by farmers. To see the videos, visit  Organic Producer Videos Profile in Soil Health.

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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