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Note: All inputs applied must be reviewed by OCIA to determine that they are approved under the organic standards requested. Some inputs are restricted and certain criteria must be met to be compliant under the standards. Before purchasing and applying materials, update your Organic System Plan and submit all documentation you have about the input to OCIA for review. To speed up the review, it is best to use inputs that are already approved. The following material reviews are accepted by OCIA for the organic programs noted when part of an approved Organic System Plan.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has an Organic Input Material Program that reviews and registers fertilizers. Links to the Registered Organic Input Materials list and Fertilizer Product Database can be found on the program website.

Accepted for: National Organic Program (NOP)

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. OMRI Listed products are allowed for use in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program. The OMRI Canada program also lists products for use under the Canadian Organic Standards.

Accepted for: Canada Organic Regime (COR), National Organic Program (NOP)

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

The Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program has an input review program and publishes a link of products they have reviewed.

Accepted for: National Organic Program (NOP)

OMRI Lists

OMRI’s printed and web version lists, and comprehensive web search, provide the organic community with accurate, current information about products and materials allowed for organic use. The current OMRI Products List© and OMRI Canada Products List© are both available as free PDF downloads using the links below. The OMRI search includes these lists and information about materials from the OMRI Generic Materials List© for USDA National Organic Program standards, and the OMRI Canada Standards Manual© for Canada Organic Regime standards.

Recordkeeping Templates

OCIA has the following templates available for your use:

In English:

Additionally, OCIA has some optional NOP-livestock forms available:

 Helpful Documents from other websites:

 In Spanish:



Canadian Organic Growers has created the Guide to the Canadian Organic Standards. It uses plain language to explain the standards, as well as provide background information and examples. It is not a replacement for reviewing the standards, but it may be useful to operators. Please note that it is COG’s interpretation of the standard. It is not an official guidance document, so OCIA’s interpretation of some standards may differ.

Additionally, the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) has links to the standards and related articles, as well as the Standards Interpretation Committee questions and answers.



Policies & Information

Política de Certificación de de Grupo de Productores Comunitarios (CGG)

Organic claims enforcement (COR) on the CFIA website. This page includes information about operations no longer certified to COR and verify whether a certificate is valid under COR (very helpful for handlers/processors who buy ingredients!).


Crop Registries

Field Watch – Specialty crop producers and beekeepers in some US states and SK in Canada can choose to register so pesticide applicators are aware of their location

Web Resources for Operators and Inspectors Specific to the Western High Plains


Dryland agriculture – Home

Website produced in conjunction with Colorado State University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences to examine new farming practices in the Semi-Arid High Plains.  Involved in research to expand the Wheat/Fallow rotation in Western Nebraska, North East and East Colorado. 

Resilient – The Lexicon

Unique Website designed to tell the stories of high plains farmers involved in expanding production models in the challenging high plains region of the US.  High quality presentation through video, photographs, and interviews of operators, climatologists, soil scientists, etc.  This also links to national organizations involved in Organic Crop and Livestock production, Natural Resources protections, etc.

Web Soil Survey – Home (usda.gov)

Web source for identification of regional soil types

Current Map | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu)

Up to date and historical data concerning drought conditions nationally. 

No-till on the Plains | Agriculture Production Systems Modeling Nature (notill.org)

Website focused on no-till agriculture in the Great Plains. Though not specific to Certified Organic Production, the membership reaches from Nebraska to Wyoming.  Resources for Cover crop cost shares, managing residue, with many good links to videos on Managing Weeds with Cover Crops, integrating Livestock, etc.

FARMS – Farmers advancing regenerative management systems (farmsproject.org)

Farmer led, systems-based program designed to support operators building comprehensive soil health management techniques in the High Plains of Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.  Information on mentorship, incentive payments, economics, practical guides

 Quick Fact Sheets

CroppingSystemBMP.pdf (colostate.edu) Best Management Plans for Climate Change Resiliency in High Plains of Colorado

 Wind Erosion Management.pdf Document on identifying types of wind erosion and mitigation techniques for farmers.

Controlling Soil Erosion From Wind.pdf



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

An estimate for your 2023 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.

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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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Póngase en contacto con OCIA International si tiene alguna pregunta.

Para los solicitantes nuevos: recuerde que, como solicitante nuevo, su operación actualmente no puede etiquetar o vender productos como orgánicos. Si se otorga la certificación orgánica, se emitirá un certificado orgánico y el producto se podrá vender como orgánico.

Para las operaciones agrícolas, el inspector debe ver su cultivo en el campo, por lo que si se produce alguna cosecha antes de la inspección, se deben dejar franjas o surcos de verificación en todos los campos solicitados para la certificación. Para los campos de heno, cualquier heno cosechado antes de la inspección no puede certificarse como orgánico.

Para operaciones suspendidas: tenga en cuenta que ningún producto puede venderse como "orgánico" mientras está suspendido y que el producto anterior ya no es "orgánico". Para las operaciones agrícolas, cualquier cultivo actualmente almacenado ya no es orgánico y debe venderse de manera convencional. Solo los cultivos cosechados después del restablecimiento, si se otorga, pueden venderse como "orgánicos". Cualquier cultivo cosechado de los campos antes de la reinstalación debe venderse de manera convencional ".

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