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The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the availability of a revised Frequently Asked Questions document and a new fact sheet to support the Organic Certification Cost Share Programs. Additionally, a USDA blog on the programs will post on Monday morning, September 8. Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic...

As of July 1, 2014, processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.

According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million of processed organic products to Korea in 2013. Since January 1, 2014, when a change in Korea's regulations closed...

Join eOrganic and the Organic Seed Alliance for a webinar on "Understanding the NOP Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed." The webinar is on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 am Eastern Time. It is designed for organic certifiers, inspectors, and operations, and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

The webinar will...

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted a new food labelling tool to its website that will help producers, manufacturers and retailers improve compliance with federal food labelling regulations.

This tool is now available...

Updated List of Certified Operations

The updated list of certified organic operators is now available!

As of the end of 2013, 18,513 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now more than 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 120...

The National Young Farmers Coalition offers a new guide for farmers that is designed to describe organic certification and help beginning farmers decide if certification is right for them.  The Vegetable Grower's Guide to Organic Certification is meant for vegetable farmers who embrace the philosophy of organic agriculture, but aren't...

The OCIA International Board of Directors submitted a public comment on USDA agriculture coexistence March 3.

Coexistence is defined as "the concurrent cultivation of crops produced through diverse agricultural systems including traditionally produced, organic, identity preserved, and genetically engineered crops."

The OCIA board...

Join OCIA International in signing Farm Aid's petition to help spread the word to make sure the USDA and Secretary Vilsack get the message loud and clear: family farmers can't "coexist" with GMO pollution.

For more information or to sign the petition, visit...

After months of debilitating and frustrating health concerns and a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, Nebraska organic farmer and musician Mike Ostry was life-flighted to an Omaha (NE) hospital in early February 2014 for removal of a life-threatening brain tumor. Mike remains in intensive care as recuperation and healing begin.

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The United States has entered into an equivalency arrangement with Japan that was effective January 1, 2014.  The scope of the arrangement is country to country, meaning that it only applies to products grown, processed, or packaged within the boundaries of those two countries. What does this mean for OCIA operations?

U.S. operators...