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AnnouncementFebruary 12, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to share slides from NOP's certifier training and to share a recent blog. We are also pleased to highlight a presentation on the Organic Assessment Exemption Regulations.
Certifier Training Presentations Now Available Online
On January 13-14, 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) presented training to 125 attendees at the annual certifier program held in Savannah, Georgia. NOP staff provided critical information, program updates and reminders to certifiers. The goal was to ensure consistency across all of our accredited certifying agents, and to provide a communication forum between the Accreditation and International Activities Division and its certifying agents 
Access training slides on the NOP website Training Page.
USDA Publishes Blog to Highlight Sound and Sensible Project
In a USDA blog published yesterday, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Acting Administrator Elanor Starmer highlights a project focused on educating farmers and ranchers in the Gulf States region about organic production. Developed as part of the National Organic Program's (NOP) Sound and Sensible initiative, this project will also help facilitate organic certification for small farmers in that region.
Pre-Recorded Presentation Available: Organic Assessment Exemption Regulations
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published a Notice to Trade to its website announcing the availability of a recorded presentation on modifications to the organic assessment exemption regulations. The presentation provides an opportunity for you to understand how the amendments to the exemption will be applied moving forward.

Read the Notice to Trade.

Access the recording:
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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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