Standards and Certification

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

"Assist[s] farmers, ranchers and food business owners (new or experienced, small- or large-scale) interested in exploring transition strategies prior to becoming certified organic." "[A]ddresses organic certification requirements as they pertain to or affect business planning; however, the Planner is not a comprehensive guide to becoming certified organic."

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service. National Organic Program.

Search the Agricultural Marketing Service database for USDA-certified organic production and handling operations based on specific criteria.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Provides access to Program Standards, information on trade issues, materials on organic certification and accreditation including a listing of USDA accredited certifying agents, and resources for producers, handlers, processors and retailers regarding organic production and marketing. Selected Resources:

University of Arkansas. National Agricultural Law Center.

Site includes an agricultural law bibliography; Congressional Service Reports; and references to statutes, regulations and other information relevant to organic agricultural production.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service. National Organic Program.

The Organic 101 series explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations including the certification process, organic cost share program, the organic label, and more.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Links to ATTRA's resources that help producers and handlers prepare for organic certification. Provides an overview of the National Organic Program, outlines the organic certification and inspection processes, and discusses specific requirements in detail. Includes workbooks, checklists, documentation forms and sample letters.

Organic Trade Association.

Promotes the benefits of organic trade to producers, consumers and the economy. Discusses organic standards and certification processes. Offers resources for the organic industry including The Organic Pages Online, a comprehensive directory of certified organic products and services.

Organic Materials Review Institute.

Reviews "products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing." Produces the OMRI Products List and the OMRI Certified Organic Seed and Planting Stock List.