how to get organic farming certificate
How to get organic certification?
@Frank Fehr – there are five basic steps to organic certification: 1 The farm or business adopts organic practices, selects a USDA-accredited certifying agent, and submits an application and fees to the certifying agent. 2 The certifying agent reviews the application to verify that practices comply with USDA organic regulations. 3 An inspector conducts an on-site inspection of the applicant’s operation. 4 The certifying agent reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant complies with the USDA organic regulations. 5 The certifying agent issues organic certificate.
What is USDA organic labeling?
@Das – Under the USDA organic regulations, packaging organic agricultural products and labeling for retail distribution is a processing function ( §205.2) that requires certification. This applies to all agricultural products that are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic…” ( §205.100 ).
What is organic system plan?
The organic system plan is the foundation of the organic certification process. Created by the producer or handler seeking certification, it details how an operation will comply with the regulations based on its unique characteristics.
What is an organic operation?
Organic operations are certified by private, foreign or State entities that have been accredited by USDA. These entities are called certifying agents and are located throughout the United States and around the world. Certifying agents are responsible for ensuring that organic products meet all organic standards.
How often do you need to do an organic inspection?
The organic farm or facility continues to update its plan as it modifies its practices, and an inspection is done at least once a year to maintain certification.
Why can’t farmers afford to feed their livestock growth hormones?
For small farmers who don’t even MAKE thousands, and can’t afford to feed their livestock growth hormones because it simply doesn’t pay off at their scale, to spend thousands on certifying what any imbecile with eyes can see for himself is a waste of time, effort, money, and ulcer medication.
What is step one in CPA?
Step one is a function of a CPA , and unless the farmer is one for his "real" job, he has to hire one who is familiar with the organic certification regulations so that he knows what needs to be put into the "organic" business plan so that it will pass muster with the "certifying agent".
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