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AnnouncementNovember 20, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has published an update to the NOP Handbook.  We are also pleased to highlight the release of two new NOP fact sheets and to announce a new blog from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
NOP Handbook Updates
The National Organic Program has published an updated Program Handbook document: NOP 2606: Processing Requests for Temporary Variances.

NOP 2606 describes the policies and procedures used to evaluate requests for temporary variances from the production and handling requirements of the USDA organic regulations submitted by certifying agents or State organic programs.

To see all NOP guidance, instructions and policies:  
NOP Publishes New Fact Sheets
The Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program has posted two new fact sheets to its website: Making the Transition to Organic Production & Handling and Technical & Financial Assistance for Organic Producers

Making the Transition to Organic Production & Handling: This document provides an organized set of resources that help producers and handlers transition their operations to organic. 

Technical & Financial Assistance for Organic Producers: This document outlines a variety of technical, educational, and financial resources available to organic producers through several USDA agencies and external non-profit organizations.  
Find other fact sheets regarding organic regulations,
certification, practices and more: NOP Fact Sheets.  
NRCS Releases Organic Farming Handbook
Yesterday, November 19, 2015, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) posted a blog introducing a new resource to support conservation on organic farms. The article highlights key elements of the new handbook, how it was developed and potential benefits for organic producers.

Access Blog
: NRCS Organic Farming Handbook.

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