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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 countries.

The certified operations list allows buyers, sellers and the public to identify and connect with organic stakeholders across the supply chain. This list provides information such as operation name, location, the scope of organic certification (crops, livestock, wild crops, handling), the operation's certifier, and a listing of products.

Access list of certified organic operations
Fact Sheet: 2013 List of Certified Operations
Organic 101 Blog: "The Growth of an Industry"
Press Release

Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

AMS is working hard to implement the reauthorized Organic Cost Share Programs! This week, a Notice was published in the Federal Register estimating the reporting burden for these cost share programs and opening a sixty day comment period. This notice is an important step in implementing the organic certification cost share programs for Fiscal Years 2014 through 2018.

View the Notice

Comments are due by May 16, 2014. You can submit comments through or send them to the National Organic Program at the address in the notice.

NIFA Funding Opportunities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced two grant opportunities.

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities.

The Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by supporting research and extension projects related to key challenges in sustaining food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.

Access more information, including the complete Request for Application (RFA) and application materials:

OREI Information
SCRI Information

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Allowed Actions to Respond to Risks from Avian Influenza: Updated Policy Memo 11-12

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