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USDA develops a new Organic Integrity Database

 

A few weeks ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented interesting statistics on the growth of the organic industry. With about 19,000 certified organic operations in the U.S. and a total of about 28,000 certified operations worldwide, the trend toward organic is easily recognizable.

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), also known as Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department which is responsible for developing and executing federal government policy on farming, agriculture, forestry and food. The aims of USDA are clear: meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, support rural communities and end the hunger in the US and all over the world.

 

USDA is committed to connecting farmers and businesses to ensure the continued growth of the organic industry. Therefore, USDA provides access to loans and grants, and funds organic research and education. Furthermore, USDA offers organic certification cost share programs to compensate for the costs of organic certification for U.S. producers and handlers nationwide.

 

Organic Integrity Database

USDA is on its way to developing the Organic Integrity Database, a modernized certified organic operations database which will provide accurate information about all certified operations. This database will be updated on a regular basis and thus will only contain accurate, current information. Anyone who is involved in the certification process will be able to confirm the organic status using this online tool. This modernized system will make it possible to deliver more accurate and timely data. The initial launch of the system is planned for September 2015.

 

Intact consults and supports the development

Because of our expertise in certification, databases, real-time information, and background processes, Intact will support USDA and help them develop their Organic Integrity Database. We are very proud to be part of such a great project and look forward to the next months of working together with the USDA team.

 

Want to know more about USDA? Visit their website. 

 

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