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(March 19, 2020) This message will be updated as new information becomes available.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most OMRI staff are working remotely until further notice, and we are striving to provide our usual services with minimal disruption. We appreciate your patience at this time.

(January 6, 2020) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) has passed a new milestone, reaching 7,500 OMRI Listed® products reviewed and verified for organic use.

(October 9, 2019) Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm in Mineral Point, WI, has joined the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors. As a nonprofit organization, OMRI relies on its Board to oversee policy development and governance for the organization.

(September 4, 2019) OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute, is pleased to announce the launch of their fully bilingual English/Spanish website at OMRI.org. In recent years, OMRI has been working to make its services more accessible to its growing Spanish-speaking audience.

State agricultural agencies and other applicable authorities have the legal authority to regulate, within their respective jurisdictions, the sale of fertilizers, pesticides and other agricultural inputs.

(May 16, 2019) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) recently welcomed Matt Landi of Awe Sum Organics and Beth Unger of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley to the organization’s Board of Directors. Matt and Beth will both fill seats designated for organic processors / handlers, to round out OMRI’s diverse and representative board.

UPDATE: On January 15, 2019 an updated Canada Organic Regime (COR) Operating Manual was published. Revisions in the Operating Manual specifically supersede the 2014 CFIA Memo titled, “Input verification under the Canada Organic Regime.” The current Canada Organic Regime (COR) Operating Manual is now the source document that clarifies the policies for input verification under the COR standards.

Do you work with Spanish speaking input suppliers and/or organic producers? OMRI´s YouTube channel now has a list of videos exclusively in Spanish.

Do you need assistance with understanding and completing OMRI’s annual renewal process? This new video in Spanish can help! Use the link below to view the video “Como realizar el proceso de renovación de OMRI” for a complete overview of the renewals process.

(September 17, 2018) OMRI announces the promotion of two longtime staff members to new positions in the organization. Amy Bradsher will fill a new leadership role as OMRI’s first Deputy Director, overseeing organizational administration and marketing for OMRI’s growing staff and programs. Amy has been with OMRI since 2009, primarily managing marketing and communications for the organization.