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USDA Risk Management Agency Announces Flexibilities for Organic Certification

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced flexibility regarding organic certification status to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Approved Insurance Providers may allow organic producers to report acreage as certified organic, or transitioning to organic, for the 2020 crop year if they can show they have requested a written certification from a certifying agent by their policy’s acreage reporting date. Policyholders who have requested but not received an organic certificate, organic plan, or other written documentation must notify their insurance agent within 30 days after the certifying agent informs them of their organic plan or certificate status. RMA has also announced a number of other flexibilities for producers, including accepting electronic notifications and reports, extending deadlines, providing additional time and deferring interest on premium and other payments, and allowing the use of self-certification replant inspections for certain crops.