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AnnouncementDecember 31, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the publication of the Organic Exemption Final Rule
AMS Organic Assessment Exemption
Final Rule

Today, AMS published a final rule changing the exemption from assessments for commodity promotion activities (Marketing Orders and Research and Promotion Programs) for producers, handlers, or importers of certified organic products. This rule, effective February 29, 2016, expands the eligibility for exemption to cover all "organic" and "100 percent organic" products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products (i.e. "split operations"). AMS will announce any upcoming outreach activities and materials in the coming weeks.
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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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