The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that the application period is open for its Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).

Both programs are intended to help growers and handlers who are certified organic, as well as growers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production.

OTECP covers: 

Dennis Nuxoll

The digital edition of the newest Western Grower & Shipper Magazine is now available at

This March/April 2022 edition includes stories and columns that provide an in-depth analysis on topics affecting the agricultural industry – everything from supply chain pressures and battling PAGA extortion to ag water management evolution and ensuring a healthy future for the ag workforce.

Stephanie Metzinger



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