With a growing organic sector in the fresh produce industry and increasing participation throughout the supply chain, IFPA aims to be at the forefront of organic policy issues that our members face. Recently, there have been policies and regulations that affect our industry, thus IFPA has created the Organics Committee as a resource for our industry.
With representation across the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain, the Organics Committee brings a valuable perspective and level of expertise. The IFPA Government Relations team, with input from the Organics Committee, regularly meets and communicates with the Administration, Members of Congress and other stakeholders with regards to organic policy.
2022 Organics Year in Review
2022 Action Plan
- IFPA will work the Biden Administration and Congress to develop sensible polices within current and future organics regulation. This includes engagement with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and all new regulatory requirements or policy decisions.
Some of the policies that the produce industry is most affected by include:
- 9th Circuit Rules in Favor of USDA/Hydroponics in Lawsuit from Center for Food Safety
The Ninth Circuit has just AFFIRMED the decision of the lower court, finding no error in USDA’s denial of CFS’s petition asking USDA to revoke organic certification for hydroponic growers that otherwise qualify under the NOP, or otherwise find that the OFPA prevents hydroponic growers from qualifying for organic certification. IFPA is signed on as a friend of the court, defending the rights of hydroponic farmers to continue certifying their products as organic.
- USDA Announces Details of $300 Million Organic Transition Initiative
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 22 announced details of the Organic Transition Initiative, a $300 million program with funds that come from the American Rescue Plan. The Organic Transition Initiative funds focus on three areas: 1) providing regionally based farmer training, education and mentorship through the Transition to Organic Production Program (TOPP), 2) providing financial assistance both to farmers choosing to implement a new Organic Management conservation practice standard administered by NRCS as well to transitioning farmers via RMA's Transitional Organic Grower Assistance Program (TOGA) and 3) working with partners to identify innovative ways to building organic supply chains in targeted markets via AMS.
- NOP Enforcement Proposed Rule
NOP has sent their proposed rule to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), where it is currently in review. A final rule is expected to be announced later in 2022, with full implementation a year later in 2023.
Organic Policy Resources:
- National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
- NOSB Current Members
- National Organic Program
- The Organic Insider
Important Upcoming Dates
- September 12-14, 2023 | IFPA The Washington Conference | Washington, DC
- October 19-21, 2023 | IFPA The Global Produce & Floral Show | Anaheim, CA
- November 29-30, 2023 | OPN Organic Grower Summit | Monterey, CA
To learn more about Organic Policy, please contact: