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National Organic Standards Board – Spring Meeting

The NOSB Spring Meeting 2020 will be held live online, instead of in-person. This will allow the NOSB Board to move forward with deliberations in an open and public setting, without needing to travel. Public Comment is being expanded to two, webinar-based public...

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Changes to OCIA Standards from 2020 AGMM

The 2020 Annual General Membership Meeting (AGMM) voted in favor of changes to the OCIA standards. * The membership voted to revise the definition of "conversion" and "transition." Conversion is defined as "A written program of organic crop improvement designed to...

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Recent EU Policy Change-Certificates of Inspection

The European Commission has announced that Certificates of Inspection must be issued prior to shipments leaving the country of origin. Failure to request a COI prior to shipment (plus allowance for processing time) may result in the product being rejected at port....

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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...

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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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