402.477.2323 info@ocia.org

OCIA Staff Members

Executive Director

Amanda Brewster

Certification Specialists

  • Andy Witkowski
  • Lebi Perez
  • Julia Perez
  • Lidia Giron
  • Celia Norgaard
  • Carol King
  • Cindy Elder
  • Chelsea Priess-Schmailzl
  • Eric Feutz
  • Kait Beckett
  • Tessa Tripp
  • Wendy Wettstead
  • Teresa Andersen

Regional Coordinator

  • Ann Ostransky
  • Jessie Gregath
  • Myriam Valer Cosio

Director of Accreditation & Inspector Services/
Board Liaison/Quality System Manager

  • Cindy Elder

Training Services Coordinator/L.A. Inspector Services

  • Lebi Perez

Office Clerk

TC Administrator

  • Sallie Gonzalez

Director of Finance

  • Deana McKinstry

Director of Marketing

  • Angie Tunink

OCIA International – Canada

  • Julie Bernier

OCIA Legal Representative

  • Julia Perez
  • Ignacia Paredes
  • Lidia Giron

Regional Office and Training Coordinator – Mexico

  • Karla Zárate Brito

Regional Manager Japan/Certification Specialist/JAS Program Manager

  • Koichi Kawamura

Regional Coordinator

  • Motoko Okada

Nicaragua Satellite Office

  • Rene Marin

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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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