Head of USDA National Organic Program to step down

U.S. Department of Agriculture building. Photo: usda.gov

OrganicBiz staff

Miles McEvoy, the deputy administrator for the USDA’s National Organic Program, has announced that he will exit his post at the end of September.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” McEvoy told FERN’s Ag Insider at a recent event. “Our original plan, my wife and I, was to come here for five years and run the program — so we stayed for eight.”

The National Organic Program has overseen organic regulations during periods of conflict for organic farmers about what constitutes organic practices.

McEvoy feels that the new USDA administration, headed up by Sonny Perdue, favours “increased enforcement authority for the National Organic Program” and also supports anything that “expands markets,” such as consistent international regulations for organic practices.