Did you know that if you’re certified organic you are entitled to be paid back for 75% of your fees, up to a maximum of $750? You are, but the deadline to apply for the 2012 Florida Organic Certification Cost Share Program is the end of this month.
Florida Organic Growers administers this program as part of our appreciation and support for your efforts in the continued success of the organic industry. We hope this program will help ease financial pressures you may experience during the process of becoming certified organic. You can use your reimbursement to assist with your certification fees or as an opportunity to expand your business.
It is easy and fast to apply, simply fill out the application on our website, send that along with a W-9 form, and a copy of your organic certification. We’ll also need a document from your certifier showing all the money you paid that you can be reimbursed for this past year. You can send them through e-mail at email@example.com, fax at 352-377-8363 or by mail to:
Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. Attention Cost Share Department P.O. Box 12311 Gainesville, FL 32604 Applications are due by September 30th, 2012, so apply today! If you have any questions we’re here to assist you from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 352-377-6345, ask for Danielle or e-mail me directly at OfficeManager@foginfo.org.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has updated the audit checklists and Sunset dates sections of the NOP Handbook.
National List Sunset Dates
The National Organic Standards Board must review all substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances every five years and recommend renewing, removing, or changing each listing. This process is commonly referred to as “Sunset review.”
NOP 5611 provides the public with an easy way to identify the Sunset or expiration date for all substances included on the National List. This resource now reflects the expiration dates established by the Sunset 2012 Final Rule, except those that are effective October 21, 2012.
Live Webinar explores organic production in tropical and subtropical regions through virtual tours of organic farms in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) will lead short virtual tours of certified organic operations in Florida and Puerto Rico as part of a live webinar being broadcast on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) plans to host the webinar as part of a multi-partnership project which includes sustainable and organic organizations from around the United States.
Each organic grower will touch on the philosophical and practical aspects of growing organic crops in semi tropical and tropical regions as they lead participants on a virtual tour of their agricultural system. Among the topics discussed will be; production challenges and successes, natural resource management, and conservation. Presenters will also spend time identifying areas in which they need support to increase their resource conservation. Although the hour-and-a-half long webinar is focused on training for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff, it will offer valuable insight and advice for organic producers and others interested in organic production.
The goal of the webinar is to share with NRCS staff the perspectives, management principles, agricultural practices, and needs of organic growers in this region. It will help NRCS staff members increase their ability to understand organic growers’ needs in this region so that they can better serve them.The webinar is being presented with funding through a NRCS National Conservation Innovation grant project.
The webinar begins at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
The organic producers featured in the webinar will be Sonia Carlo of Hacienda Sana Siembra Organica in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and Farmer Charlie Andrews of Hammock Hollow Herb Farm in Island Grove, Florida. FOG staff members Jose Perez and Executive Director Marty Mesh will also be contributing.