NOP Deputy Adminstrator Miles McEvoy Announces Retirement

Last week, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy announced his retirement in a letter to the organic community
In his letter, McEvoy gives deep appreciation to each level of the organic food chain. He highlights his top ten list of accomplishments at NOP which includes:
  1. Developing a quality management system for NOP that improves program consistency and effectiveness.
  2. Improving the communication and transparency of NOP.
  3. Developing the NOP Handbook and implementing the Sound and Sensible certification process.
  4. Ensuring that all accreditation audits were conducted to promote consistency between certifiers.
  5. Reengineering NOP appeals.
  6. Implementing civil penalties for enforcement of the organic standards.
  7. Finalizing and implementing rules such as the NOP Pasture Rule and others.
  8. Collaborating with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), moving NOSB’s meetings across the country, and receiving a “No Findings” Report from the Office of Inspector General regarding NOP’s management of the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. 
  9. Negotiating the US-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement and conducting regular assessments of all equivalency and recognition arrangements. 
  10. Creating the Organic Integrity Database.
McEvoy also outlined future challenges to organic, such as embracing diversity in organic, providing communal support for dealing with issues such as water availability and climate change, and continuing to refine and discuss materials allowed in organic production. McEvoy notes that the future is bright for organic, and it includes farmers producing foods and fibers using local resources for a local marketplace and agricultural systems of all scales of production that promote biodiversity, protect soil and water, and eliminate toxic inputs.
“CCOF applauds Miles for his eight years of service as Deputy Administrator of NOP,” said CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo. “We worked closely with him throughout his tenure at NOP and thank him for his tireless support, commitment, and passion for organic agriculture.” 
McEvoy will serve as Deputy Administrator through September. McEvoy will retire to his home in Olympia, Washington, and is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and in nature. Acting Administrator Bruce Summers and Acting Deputy Administrator Jenny Tucker will oversee NOP starting in October.