Clarification: Organic Certification Directory
Several organic operations and USDA-accredited organic certifiers have asked if www.usdaorganicfarms.com is an official USDA effort. This effort is a commercial Web site that, for a fee, lists certified organic operations.
After its launch several months ago, AMS staff proactively contacted the developer to explain the organic certification process and confirm that the developer was verifying the certification status of organic farms and businesses listed on the site.
More recently, we have asked the developer to change his materials to make it clear that this site is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture or any other Federal entity.
Any organic operation's participation in this effort is voluntary and won't have any effect on its organic certification status. AMS continues to maintain the official list of certified organic operations, which will be updated in early 2014.
Many for-profit services, such as real estate listings and weather smartphone applications, are based on Federal data sources. AMS is confident that similar technological innovations could support the growing organic sector, but must not be represented as a Federal resource.
Official Public List of Certified Organic Operations
Overview: List of Certified Operations
Value Added Producer Grants
Yesterday, Secretary Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $10.5 million in USDA grants to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give them a competitive business edge.
Grants are available to help agricultural producers create new products, expand marketing opportunities, support further processing of existing products or goods, or to develop specialty and niche products.
They may be used for working capital and planning activities. The maximum working capital grant is $200,000; the maximum planning grant is $75,000.
Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Funding priority is given to socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers or ranchers, and to small- to medium-size family farms, or farmer/rancher cooperatives.
USDA is funding these efforts through its Value-Added Producer Grant program. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has provided agricultural producers with almost $80 million in Value Added Producer Grant assistance that has supported more than 600 innovative, value-added projects.
Learn More + Apply
Deadline: February 24, 2014