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Why OCIA-Certified Organic?

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Why Choose Organic Agriculture?

Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

  • Soil is enriched with compost, green manure and organic amendments.
  • Weeds, pests and disease are controlled through crop rotation, carefully timed mechanical and manual intervention, beneficial insects and the selective use of natural, non-chemical pesticides.
  • Livestock are provided quality living environments and are raised without hormones, or antibiotics.

Through environmentally sound practices, organic producers and processors strive to sustain the health of the earth while providing quality food for those who inhabit it. Be sure to read Why We Transitioned to Organic that describes why two OCIA farmers chose to go organic.

Why Choose Organic?

More and more consumers want certified organic foods because they know that these foods are:

  • Grown without genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
  • Grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones.

Why Choose OCIA-Certified Organic?

As one of the world’s leading organic certification agencies, OCIA International requires that its producers and processors strictly adhere to organic standards. These standards ensure that:

  • No chemicals or non-natural fertilizers have been applied to fields, pastures, orchards, or vineyards for three years prior to harvest.
  • Operations have been annually inspected by an independent inspector and are subject to unannounced verification inspections at any time.
  • Detailed records of each operation’s practices and processes have been kept and submitted to OCIA International for an annual certification review.
  • OCIA International is independently accredited to a number of industries and government bodies in the United States and internationally.

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

For applicants who are 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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