The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has revised its webpage for posting fraudulent organic certificates. The text-based list of fraudulent certificates has been replaced with a more user-friendly, downloadable spreadsheet. The new spreadsheet makes it easier for users to review, search, and sort the list.

The National Organic Program Hosts Organic Control Systems Training in Chile

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published the Sunset 2017 final rule.  

Removals from the National List. This final rule removes the following three synthetic substances and five nonorganic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling. 

Slices Ceremonial Prime Rib, Meets with Chinese Officials in Beijing

The Organic Integrity Database (INTEGRITY) is in its second full year of production, and we have recent updates to share! 

Database Upgrades and New Releases 

The INTEGRITY team continues to use certifier and user feedback to add new functionality to the system. Here are some new database features:

The National Organic Program (NOP) sent a memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) responding to NOSB recommendations made during its April 2017 meeting in Denver, CO. The memo includes a brief summary of each of the NOSB recommendations and the NOP’s response.  View the

Events in Beijing and Shanghai on Friday and Saturday

 

(Washington, DC, June 22, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market.  The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

SAVANNAH, GA, June 20, 2017 – Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Calzada; and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement at the conclusion of their first trilateral meetings in Savannah, GA, June 19-20, 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 -- USDA and partners committed $20 million in 21st Century Conservation Service Corps partnership agreements to provide 4,000 work opportunities for youth, young adults and veterans up to 35 years old, a move that will help the U.S. Forest Service accomplish mission-critical infrastructure and landscape restoration projects on the ground. The U.S. Forest Service is one of seventeen USDA Agencies.

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