The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.
Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This will help ease the transition process to organic, allow farmers to sell their products as certified transitional at a premium price and help encourage more organic production.
Applications are due Feb. 28.
Visit www.ams.usda.gov/services/auditing/ to apply for more information about the standard, the application process and to download applications for services and programs.