USDA Blog on MicroLearning and New Course on Farmers Market Oversight Now Available

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Microlearning to Yield Big
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Microlearnings are very short lessons in the Organic Integrity Learning Center, designed to help organic professionals keep their skills fresh. Learn more about Microlearnings and the NOP staff member who helps bring them to life.

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Organic Integrity Learning Center

New Course on Farmers Market
Oversight Now Available

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a new course in the Organic Integrity Learning Center.

Organic Products Sold at Farmers Markets
Farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer venues are an important market for many organic producers. Monitoring the organic claims of farmers market vendors is key to ensuring the integrity of the organic industry and to protecting consumers. This course educates farmers market managers, vendors, and consumers about how to identify potentially mislabeled and misrepresented organic products. After completing this course, farmers market managers will be able to explain organic certification requirements to vendors.


Self-Enrolling in Learning Center Courses

Getting Started

How to Register for a Course
Once logged into the USDA AMS National Organic Program, Organic Integrity Learning Center, signing up for a course is like buying a product at an online store, but all training is free.

To register for an NOP course in the Organic Integrity Learning Center, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Register for Course in the menu.
  2. Available courses in the program will appear.
  3. Click the green Register button for each desired course.
  4. The green button will change to a blue button that says, Added to Cart.
  5. You will see a shopping cart with the number of courses selected. 
  6. Click the link that says Proceed to Checkout.
    Note: The tuition is $0 – All training in the Learning Center is free!               
  7. A list of the courses you selected will appear. To confirm enrollment, select the green Confirm button.
  8. Go to your Dashboard to launch the course.
  9. Click on the course title from the list of Active Courses. 

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  • Once you have completed a course, it will appear under the list of Completed Courses. 
  • To access all completed course content, register for the National Organic Program Training Archive course to review (read-only) material from all OILC courses.

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