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It’s Producer Meeting Season!

Greetings! NICS is pleased to announce we will be hosting a number of producer meetings in January and February 2020. These meetings give us a chance to discuss upcoming rule changes, answer questions, assist you with your paperwork, and generally check in with you. NICS staff will be speaking on a variety of topics at some of the meetings this year, and we would love to hear from you soon if you have a specific topic you would like us to address at a meeting near you!

Bring your 2020 update application packet and take advantage of the $50 early bird discount for returning clients. We will bring additional packets with us for any parties who are interested in becoming certified with NICS. So, spread the word to your family members, friends, and neighbors who are interested in transitioning to organic production or becoming certified organic. Everyone is welcome.

Please RSVP by calling the NICS office at 608-637-7080 or email nics@naturesinternational.com. Please note, we may cancel a producer meeting if less than 10 people RSVP.  We hope to see you at a meeting, and look forward to working with you this season.

Check out the Events section of our website for the complete 2020 Producer Meeting schedule.

P.S. You’ll also find the list of conferences NICS will be attending and the details for each.

 

Ecocert Group acquires NICS!

As many of you may remember, NICS lost our founder, Dave Engel, on March 14, 2017. He was an entrepreneur, farmer, and founding father of many certification agencies and related organic programs supporting the organic movement, just like many of you.

Upon Dave’s passing, his wife, Dr. Marta W. Engel, DVM, assumed ownership of NICS. Marta has worked alongside the NICS staff to keep the company moving forward so we could continue to be a part of your organic lives. She is soon to be 70 now, and has chosen to pass NICS to another family-owned organization, Ecocert, whom she believes will continue to uphold Dave’s legacy and the values NICS was founded upon.

“Ecocert is an ecologically minded company whose mission is a lot like NICS’s,” stated Marta. “With the new ownership NICS will be able to offer even better services to our organic farms and businesses, which have always been the lifeblood of our company.”

“We are delighted and excited to continue the work initiated by NICS’s founders and keep developing quality organic farming,” said Philippe Thomazo, CEO of Ecocert Group.

Ecocert Group also operates Ecocert ICO, an NOP-accredited certification agency in Plainfield, Indiana. The acquisition will not affect the organic certification of farms and businesses associated with NICS or Ecocert ICO, though many new certification options will soon become available to NICS clients as a result.

See the link to a letter from us and the official press release below.

Marta Engel (center) with Philippe Thomazo (right), CEO of Ecocert, and Vincent Morel (left),
Director of Americas for Ecocert.

Volume 2 – Winter 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year to All! Our winter newsletter is now available.

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Happy harvest to all! Check out our fall newsletter.

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

With the warm weather comes some news from us! Enjoy!

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spring is here! Check out our Spring Newsletter!

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