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2018 Annual General Membership Meeting

OCIA AGMM, February 6th - 7th, 2018, Grand Harbor Resort & River Center Dubuque, IA 52001, 563-690-4000. $89 Room Rate (must reserve by January 12th). Network with Organic Farmers at OCIA’s Annual Meeting in Dubuque, IA LINCOLN, NE: Networking opportunities...

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2018 OCIA Annual Meeting – Jan 30th & 31st

The public is invited to OCIA's Annual Meeting on January 30, 2018 for a day filled with organic farming speakers, organic meals, and exhibits at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. OCIA general business will be conducted January 31st for members....

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Beginning Farmer Series Workshops

Join us August 1st in Jamestown, ND and August 30th in Hiawatha, KS as we talk about organic farming during a full-day Beginning Farmer Series workshop. For more information, or to register, please go to www.nfo.org/FarmStarts/index.html.

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OCIA Research & Education Farmer of the Year – 2017

LINCOLN, NE: The Outstanding Organic Farmer of the Year is an annual award honoring and recognizing talented producers who certify to the OCIA level of excellence. These farmers excel in thoughtful cropping and livestock practices that build soil and reduce pest and...

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2017 Annual General Membership Meeting

Be sure to attend the 2017 OCIA Annual General Membership Meeting, February 8th and 9th at the Holiday Inn Council Bluffs at Ameristar. We have a great line up of workshop presenters that you won't want to miss! Join author and organic farmer, Atina...

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OCIA Family Farmer Spotlight: Chapter Contacts

Paperwork is a national organic program for farmers to certify organic. USDA National Organic Program is implementing a Sound and Sensible initiative to help people into the process. The NOP's Candace, a fictional character, said something in a video on "The...

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OCIA Family Farmer Spotlight: Doug & Sharon Brandt

Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and farmer probably won't make the list. Market pressures and increased costs have pushed the job outlook for the occupation to decline by 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 in the United States, according to the U.S....

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2016 Annual General Membership Meeting

Join us February 10th and 11th at the Holiday Inn Bloomington I-35 for the 2016 OCIA Annual General Membership Meeting. Located across from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the room rate for this hotel is $89 per night. Blocked room rates are good thru...

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OCIA Family Farmer Spotlight: Bart Hall

Organic farming has been called a myth and a hoax by academics in the span of about 60 years. Yet people are buying organic products more than ever, according to a 2015 FiBL-IFOAM report. Retails prices might catch a customer's eye first....

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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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