News Updates

Exporting Organic Products from Mexico to U.S.

March 13, 2017

The NOP has delayed the mandatory requirement of import certificates for organic products exported to the United States from Mexico.  The NOP, however, recommends organic importers in the United States to request import certificates while waiting an updated implementation date.   At this time, a final deadline is unknown.  

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New Crop & Livestock Coordinator Assigned

February 27, 2017

Caitlan Reilly is leaving NOFA-NY as of February 28, 2017.   She has been a wonderful representative for our organization and we wish her the very best in all her future endeavors.   We are excited to have her position as Crop & Livestock Coordinator filled by Kelsey Peterson with support from Kaysha Haile, Coordinator Assistant.   E-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will continue to allow you direct correspondence with your assigned Coordinator.  Visit our staff profiles for more details. 

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NOSB gives final recommendations for removal of 2018 Sunset Materials from the National List

Posted February 23, 2017

Ivermectin (Livestock) and Carregeenan (Handling) have been recommended for removal from the National List.  We will keep you informed on when action is taken by the NOP on this recommendation.   

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New Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule effective date is being moved to May 19

Posted February 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule by 60 days to May 19, 2017.  These actions are being taken in accordance with guidance issued Jan. 20, 2017, to ensure the new policy team has an opportunity to review the rules. This is similar to procedures issued by previous administrations.

View Final Rule       View NOP Infographic

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Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management Workshop

Posted February 21, 2017

Thinking about converting your dairy herd to organic management? On Friday March 17, Lisa Engelbert will present an intensive workshop - Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management, at the NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference.  Lisa and her husband Kevin stopped using chemicals on their dairy farm in 1981, became certified organic in 1984, and never looked back.  Lisa works part-time for the certification arm of NOFA-NY, and has been active in organic certification on a national scale as well. Come learn about dairy transition, organic regulations, pasture requirements, and the long-term benefits of organic farming. Attendance at this workshop entitles new applicants to a $25 discount* on their certification fees.  The workshop begins at 9 AM, at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn. The full conference is March 16 - 17, here’s a link to the brochure.   If you’re at the conference, but can’t come to Lisa’s presentation, stop by the NOFA-NY, LLC table to say hello, and enter our drawing to get $25 off your certification fees.