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AnnouncementMarch 29, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to share an overview video of the Sound and Sensible Initiative. We would also like to share details of a webinar presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and highlight a blog on the AMS Process Verified Program.
AMS Publishes an Overview Video of its Sound and Sensible Resources
In 2014, the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) launched the Sound & Sensible initiative to make organic certification more accessible, attainable, and affordable. As part of this initiative, AMS-NOP partnered with several organizations throughout the organic community to develop a range of resources --- including guides, videos, and other tools --- that will help farmers and businesses better understand the organic option. Over the past several months, AMS released these resources in a series of targeted launches.
Today, AMS published an overview video of these sound and sensible outreach tools, connecting individual projects into a complete educational experience. This 6.5-minute video outlines what the initiative is, what the products are, and how to find them. It offers a quick orientation to the sound and sensible materials, allowing people to find content and resources that support their operations.

Access other Sound and Sensible Resources  
NRCS Webinar: Apr 5, 2016 3:00 pm Eastern 
As part of its Understanding Organic Agriculture webinar series, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is hosting a free webinar titled Transitioning to Organic Production.
This webinar will explore the challenges producers face when transitioning to organic certification, highlight a few successful case studies, and introduce participants to available resources.
For information on how to join the webinar, access: Transitioning to Organic Production.  
USDA Blog Highlights AMS Process Verified Program 
Earlier this month, USDA published a blog by Nikki Adams, an Auditor with AMS's Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program. The blog walks through a day in the life of a Process Verified Program auditor, highlighting the expertise, training, and commitment it takes to get the job done while still providing transparency and quality from farm to table. Livestock Poultry and Seed auditors often work with the NOP to conduct accreditation audits with organic certifiers.

Access the Blog:
 Expertise + Training + Commitment = A Day in the Life of a USDA Process Verified Program Auditor
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.
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