Organic Certification Publications & Resources

Organic Certification Publications

Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products
This publication provides an overview of USDA organic certification and provides some additional resources for prospective organic farms and businesses.
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National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Producers

This Checklist assists in assessing the compliance of your farm or ranch operation with National Organic Program Standards. The Checklist is divided into eight sections. Sections 2 through 7 correspond to the six categories of information required in the Organic Production and Handling System Plan, including Practices and Procedures, Inputs, Monitoring, Recordkeeping and Commingling and Contamination. 20 pages.
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Organic Certification Resources

US Department of Agriculture
USDA’s National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.

Organic Trade Association
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.
Our mission is to educate people on the benefits of organic agriculture, food and products. With an increasingly crowded marketplace of organic goods, it is crucial to understand what the word ‘organic’ means, what type of products are available, the significance of purchasing them, and finally, how someone with little knowledge about organics can begin to take steps towards an organic lifestyle. strives to make organic education easy—and fun!

An Introduction to Organic Certification Requirements, eOrganic Author: Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota
Having trouble understanding the requirements for organic certification? If so, you’re not alone! This overview is intended to provide an understandable introduction to the National Organic Program regulation and certification requirements.
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Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International
one of the world’s oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.


The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The majority of funding for ATTRA is through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. We are also partially funded through sales and subscriptions of a portion of ATTRA materials and through contributions from friends and supporters. We are committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.




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