USDA is committed to providing clear, consistent national standards for organically produced agricultural products sold in the United States. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) periodically sends formal memos to organic certifiers and the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to communicate program progress on specific topics.
NOP Memos to Certifiers
NOP recently issued two memos to USDA-accredited certifiers. One memo to certifiers addresses ion exchange filtration in organic production and communicates a recent NOSB recommendation.
The other memo describes the benefits of identifying transitional operations in the Organic Integrity Database, the importance of using the organic system plan as a planning tool during an operation’s transition to organic, and how these listings will support other USDA programs verifying the status of listed operations for transitional crop insurance or market development grant evaluations.
NOP Memos to the NOSB
NOP also supports the ongoing work of its advisory committee, the National Organic Standards Board. NOP has issued two memos to the NOSB to support their ongoing activities to serve the community. The first memo responds to recommendations from the NOSB Spring 2023 Meeting and summarizes the program’s current regulatory priorities.
The other memo is a new Work Agenda item, in which NOP requests that the NOSB continue to work on and facilitate public discussion about inert ingredients in pesticides used for organic production to provide recommendations for rulemaking on this topic.
View the recent memo:
- Memo to Certifiers: Ion Exchange Filtration in Organic Production
- Memo to Certifiers: Reporting Transitional Operations in the Organic Integrity Database
- Memo to NOSB: Work Agenda Item – Inert Ingredients in Pesticides Used for Organic Production
- Memo to NOSB: Response to NOSB Recommendations (April 2023 Meeting)