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BEGINNING ORGANIC FARMING. Certification Mark King-4 Food Works February 1, 2006. CERTIFICATION. To make known or establish. To guarantee the quality or worth of. The process of organic certification is similar to other types of certification. The Process.

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beginning organic farming

BEGINNING ORGANIC FARMING

Certification

Mark King-4 Food Works

February 1, 2006

certification
CERTIFICATION
  • To make known or establish.
  • To guarantee the quality or worth of.
  • The process of organic certification is similar to other types of certification.
the process
The Process
  • Determine what you intend to do.
    • Organic crop production.
    • Organic livestock production.
    • Organic handling or processing.
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The Process
  • Determine how you intend to do it.
    • Transition existing non-organic production.
    • Acquire land or livestock certifiable for organic production.
    • Shift land from another program which may qualify for organic production.
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The Process
  • Determine when to begin transition to organic production.
    • Do you have land that currently meets the requirements for organic production?
    • If not, the NOP requires a minimum 3 year transition to organic production.
      • Minimum 36 months w/o the application of a prohibited substance.
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The Process
  • How do I begin the process?
    • Choose an Accredited Certifying Agent.
    • Complete an Application
      • Organic System Plan
      • Record Keeping System
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The Process
  • Organic System Plan:
    • Description of practices and procedures.
    • List all substances to be used.
    • Establish monitoring and management practices.
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The Process
  • Record Keeping System:
    • Consistent, accurate & up to date.
        • What you did.
        • How you did it.
        • When you did it.
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The Process
  • Choose Certifier
  • Submit Application
  • Host On-Site Inspection
  • Submit Any Additional Information
  • Receive Certification
length of time
Length of Time
  • Certification
    • 90-120 days
  • Land Transition
    • Minimum 3 years.
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Length of Time
  • Livestock Transition
    • Breeder Stock: never
    • Off Spring: last third of gestation
    • Slaughter Stock: last third of gestation
    • Dairy: one year
    • Poultry: second day of life
cost sharing
COST SHARING???
  • Don’t count on it!
  • Indiana has about $1k left.
  • Not guaranteed for ’07 Farm Bill.
questions
Questions?
  • Voluntary Program
  • All Certifiers Certify to NOP Standard
  • The National List
where to get help
Where To Get Help
  • ORGANIC FARMERS
  • www.ams.usda.gov/nop
  • Accredited Certifying Agents
  • Universities
  • Consultants
  • Marketing Coops