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Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA)

Providing Excellence in Organic Certification

Providing Excellence in Organic Certification

Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

Member Transaction Certification

OCIA’s Transaction Certificate (TC) system allows an OCIA certified operator to enter the details of a particular organic sale transaction, which is then processed by the OCIA International office for issuance of a TC. The TC is not an official trade document, rather an aid for certified operators in keeping their necessary audit trail documentation in place so that certified organic product can be easily traced through the chain of custody.

Organic Product Search

Please contact a OCIA Regional Office if you need to verify an operation’s organic status.

Resource & Forms

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About OCIA

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets. Click to learn more.

Get Certified

5 steps is all you need to take to get certified. Click here to view our 5 steps of certification.

Resources

You can do a search for the required Forms & Resources can be found by clicking here.

OCIA Research

OCIA Research is our Research & Education division. Click here to learn more about what we do.

Upcoming Events

  1. ACRES in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    December 8 - December 12
  2. Minnesota Organic Conference

    January 8, 2020 - January 10, 2020
  3. Great Plains Growers Conference

    January 9, 2020 - January 12, 2020
  4. OCIA Annual Meeting Workshops

    February 4, 2020
  5. NSAS Healthy Farms Conference

    February 8, 2020 - February 9, 2020

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What’s New?

2020 Annual General Membership Meeting

2020 OCIA Annual Meeting – February 4th-5th Join us February 4th and 5th at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.  Organic meals will be served throughout and a great line-up of organic presenters and tours will happen on February...

Future Leaders in Agriculture Program

The USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program offers undergraduate and graduate students in agriculture-related studies an opportunity to meet with producers, policymakers, business, government and industry leaders at the Forum and to discuss issues at the...

Nominations Open for USDA Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee

The USDA is accepting nominations to fill vacancies on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. FVIAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on issues of importance to the produce industry. The nomination deadline is...

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CONFIRM SUBMISSION

Thank you for submitting your organic certification application! OCIA looks forward to working with you.

For applicants who new or currently under suspension, please see the end of the page for some important notes.

An estimate for your 2020 certification and inspection fees was sent with the login information. Please promptly send payment to the address on the invoice. If you are a new applicant, OCIA will not review your file until payment is received.

If you are submitting hardcopies of any supporting documents, please mail them to the address on the invoice. Failure to submit required supporting documents may lead to delays in the review.

Once a complete file is received, OCIA will complete a pre-inspection review. During this process, OCIA will contact you if additional information is needed. Please respond to any communication from OCIA in a timely manner.

Please contact OCIA International if you have any questions.

New applicants: Please be reminded that as a new applicant, your operation currently cannot label or sell product as organic. If organic certification is granted, an organic certificate will be issued and product can then be sold as organic.

For farm operations, the inspector must see your crop in the field, so check-strips must be left in all fields requested for certification if any harvest occurs prior to inspection. For hay fields, any hay harvested prior to inspection cannot be certified as organic.

For suspended operations: Please be aware that no product can be sold as “organic” while suspended and previous product is no longer “organic.” For farm operations, any crops currently in storage are no longer organic and must be sold conventionally. Only crops harvested after reinstatement, if it is granted, may be sold as “organic.” Any crops harvested from fields prior to reinstatement must be sold conventionally.

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