As of April 2017, export certificates to the EU, formally known as EU Certificates of Inspection (COI), can be issued through the electronic EU TRACES (Trade Control and Export System) system. Full implementation of electronic COI’s is required by...
This proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) intention to pursue one of several actions on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR) published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). USDA is asking the...Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) enforces the USDA organic regulations for organic poultry through the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP has received questions regarding the confinement of organic poultry flocks due to recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza...Read more
This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2017 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of...Read more
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule. This rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency. This rule...Read more
Elanor Starmer is the Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to becoming AMS Administrator, Starmer was a Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack and has been with the department since...Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that the agency will propose amending the organic livestock and poultry production requirement, based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board that incorporate years of public comment and suggestions by stakeholders. The...Read more
One of the most important ways that we can protect our farmworkers is by supporting organic agriculture. Because organic certified farming operations are prohibited from using most synthetic pesticides, organic farms ensure that farm workers, their families, and their communities are safe from the negative...Read more