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AnnouncementFebruary 8, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to share a blog announcing new Sound & Sensible resources. We are also pleased to highlight grant opportunities available through the Food and Drug Administration.
USDA Publishes Blog Announcing More Organic Sound & Sensible Resources
The Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program continues to introduce resources that help make organic certification more accessible, affordable, and attainable. Today, the USDA published a blog from NOP Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy highlighting a new set of outreach and educational products developed as part of the Sound & Sensible initiative.

Read the blog: Outreach and Education for Candidate Farmers.

Access the Sound & Sensible Resources. Today's USDA blog post references Launch 3 materials. 
FDA Publishes New Grant Opportunities
On February 1, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted two grant opportunities. One grant focuses on tribal communities; the other targets local food producers. As part of the FDA's Training Strategy, these grant opportunities primarily focus on providing a greater understanding of requirements in the produce safety regulation and share relevant information in other preventive controls regulations.

These opportunities are now posted to the NIH Guide and Links to view each are:
  • RFA-FD-16-001: Native American Tribes Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance (U01).
  • RFA-FD-16-002: Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance (U01).
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