OCIA International is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most trusted organic certification agencies. OCIA International is a member owned non-profit committed to environmentally sound stewardship. Whether your operation specializes in production, processing, or handling, we provide the highest quality organic certification services. And others agree. The Cornucopia Institute has consistently rated OCIA International as an exemplary certifier—the highest qualification possible.
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We know that choosing an organic certification agency is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business. OCIA is one of the oldest and most trusted certifiers in the organic industry, and we are here to support you and your operation.
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The USDA National Organic Program Recently recognized OCIA International for our work in Organic Certification, awarding us the 2024 National Program Director’s Award
Organic Certifiers Recognized for Quality Data and Collaboration The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) recognized the work of accredited organic certifiers with awards for extraordinary support of the National Organic Standards. The awards were presented at the...
2024 AGMM to be held in Council Bluffs, Iowa OCIA International’s 2024 Annual General Membership Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites at Ameristar February 7-8 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two-day event will provide OCIA operators opportunities to...
Every operator’s path to organic certification is different. Learn more about the different paths to organic certification in our “Operator Spotlight” series.
Mother Parkers’ values paired with their customers’ interest in organic products made obtaining organic certification a logical step. The process did come with challenges, however. For Mother Parkers, which markets their products in Canada and the US, understanding equivalency agreements between the countries presented challenges.
Matt Kollasch and his father were operating a 10,000-acre conventional farm when they made the decision to transition to organic. The cost of operating conventionally had become unsustainable.
The loss of his dairy cows led Randy Mosel to transition his operation to organic. “My cows were fed a TMR containing homegrown alfalfa, corn silage, ground corn, and earlage,” Mosel recalled. At the time, Mosel treated his fields with synthetic inputs to control pests and weeds.
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Transitioning a conventional operation to organic can at times feel like a daunting task filled with insurmountable obstacles. While it’s easy to become discouraged, many of the challenges associated with organic certification can be overcome with planning, ingenuity, and perseverance.
The USDA will implement Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) on March 19, 2024. The new regulations will impact all segments of the organic industry. This post addresses common SOE questions.
All operators seeking initial organic certification must complete a similar six step process regardless of which certification agency they partner with. This process ensures that organic operators remain in compliance with organic regulations and helps maintain the integrity of the organic supply chain.
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