The organic certification application and recordkeeping process is not easy. And nobody ever says it’s fun. Understanding what’s allowed or prohibited can make your head spin. Enter AgriSecure. We are the only service ready and able to reduce the friction and stress of your certification. Enough said.
Don’t be afraid of organic certification
The annual organic certification process can seem scary. And it’s one of the most common reasons farmers don’t take that important first step and begin the transition process. But if you want to take control of your profits with organic row crop production, AgriSecure can help. With our tools and expert support, you can get certified. We’ve helped dozens of family farms get certified for the first time. And we make renewals seamless and headache-free.
Organic certification shouldn’t stand in the way of your dreams. With organic row crops, you can generate more income, strengthen your farming operation business, and preserve your fields and your livelihood. There will be challenges, including organic certification, and a steep learning curve to overcome. But with the right mindset and support, you can succeed with organic farming.
Experienced organic farms looking to grow their operations also turn to AgriSecure. As they grow, the time focused on organic certification can take-away from their ability to focus on organic crop execution. With AgriSecure by their sides…. (include more text).
How to become a certified organic row crop farmer
Getting and maintaining your organic certification is a critical step in building and maintaining a successful organic farming operation. To meet the rigorous standards set by the USDA, you’ll have to keep records and follow permitted agronomic practices. It’s not easy, but it can be done. After all, there’s already nearly 20,000 certified organic operations in the U.S. If those family farms can do it, so can you.
Here’s a summary of the main steps in the annual organic certification process:
- Your farm follows organic protocols and develops an Organic System Plan (OSP)
- You farm submits your OSP to a certification agency to ensure your practices align with the USDA’s National Organic Plan (NOP) rules
- A certified agent conducts an inspection on your farm Your farm executes the OSP on your designated organic acres and transition acres
- Your farm is designated USDA-certified organic – and you receive your USDA organic certificate Throughout the crop year you track every activity, piece of equipment, type of crop input, and related records to prove you are doing it the right way
AgriSecure and certification support
How can AgriSecure support you with the organic certification process?
Not only do we help you build an appropriate plan, but we also make sure your paperwork is ready when it’s time for the annual inspection. Our MyFarm (link) platform is built specifically for organic farms and transition farms. It seamlessly helps with tracking field activities, tracing organic clean-outs records, and collecting the invoices, seed tags, and organic crop input labels requires.
When it comes to filling out your application, answering questions from the certifier, or tracking down if a crop input is allowed or prohibited, know this. AgriSecure’s got your back. Our organic account executives work with the certifying agency (on your behalf!) to make sure you spend your time doing what you do best, growing organic crops!
Along the way, we can answer all your questions about organic farming, organic regulations, organic grain marketing, and more. Plus, you’ll have one-on-one support from your dedicated account executive. Contact AgriSecure today.