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Response to May 2012 NOSB Recommendations + Organic Contracts

The National Organic Program (NOP) published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the May 2012 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Recently, the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) published the Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts. This new resource for the organic community can help organic farmers evaluate, negotiate, and manage contract agreements with buyers of organic farm products.

The National Organic Program (NOP) published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the May 2012 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB recommended that the NOP:
  1. Renew six material listings, three with recommended annotation changes, on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) scheduled to expire November 3, 2013.
  2. Add choline and inositol to § 205.605(b) with restrictions.
  3. Add citrus hystrix and curry leaf to § 205.606.
  4. Develop guidance materials to material review organizations.
  5. Transmit a letter to Secretary Vilsack regarding the establishment of a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ad-hoc NOSB sub-committee.
  6. Encourage USDA research agencies to prioritize funding for emerging organic research needs as recommended by NOSB on an annual basis.
  7. Provide additional information to the NOSB on GMO vaccines.

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Farmer's Guide to Organic Contracts


Recently, the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) published the Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts.  

This new resource for the organic community can help organic farmers evaluate, negotiate, and manage contract agreements with buyers of organic farm products. This farmer-friendly legal guide includes:

  1. An overview of contract laws important to farmers.
  2. A Quick Organic Contract Checklist and practical toolkit farmers can use to review and negotiate contract offer.
  3. Highlighted sections illustrating how federal organic regulations interact with organic contracts.
  4. Examples and discussion of over 100 types of organic contract provisions.
  5. Detailed information about solving the types of contract disputes that commonly arise in the organic market.

View Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts 

This project was supported by the Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) program of the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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