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Certification Support Resources

Our support resources help you develop your Organic System Plan, maintain your recordkeeping systems, and find needed assistance. If you have a specific question or want a basic overview of organic certification, ourFrequently Asked Questionsare a great place to start.

One of the key challenges for organic farmers and processors is ensuring that all materials used in their operations comply with NOP requirements. This process includes selecting organic seed, using allowed inputs or processing aids, and providing the required access to pasture for livestock. The following resources will help you stay in compliance.

Organic Seed Resources

Ourorganic seed resourcesexplain the requirements for using organic seed, the procedures for documenting your seed search if you aren’t able to find the type of seed you need, and provide contact information for companies selling organic seed.

Organic Ingredient Sources

Oursearchable online directoryis a good place to find certified organic ingredients for your products. You’ll find other sources listed on theingredient sources resource page.

How to Find Out if a Farm or Livestock Input is Allowed

Read our flyer onhow to find out if farm or livestock input is allowedand be sure to follow the outlined steps and get CCOF approval before using any materials. You may also want to review ourliquid fertilizer information.

Natural Resources

Ournatural resources conservation informationhelps farmers develop the Natural Resources section of their OSP.

Pasture Rule Compliance

There are specific rules for livestock operations concerning pasture access and grazing for ruminant animals. OurPasture Rule tools and resourceswill help you determine how to stay compliant.

Recordkeeping Tools

Recordkeeping is an essential part of organic certification. OurRecordkeeping Toolscan help you build an effective system that fits your operation.

OSP Walk-Through Service

Get yourself or your staff up to speed on maintaining your OSP as quickly as possible with CCOF’s new OSP Walk-Through Service. Walk-throughs are led by a CCOF Certification Specialist and can be customized for your specific operation.Learn more and register for a walk-through today!

Support Packages

Our support packages (grower,处理程序) are a convenient collection of sample forms and documents for certification.

CCOF Certification Tips

Maintaining organic certification isn't always easy, so we developed these handy tips on certain aspects of certification.


Organic Consultants and Ag Advisors

CCOF cannot actively consult our clients regarding organic certification compliance. To assist you, we provide a list ofOrganic Consultants and Organic Ag Advisorsas a resource to any company or farm seeking assistance with developing an Organic System Plan or other operational or regulatory matters. The listed agricultural advisors; supporting members; and regulatory, processing, and organic consultants are provided courtesy of CCOF.

Additional Resources

TheNational Organic Program (NOP)has developeda helpful website with fact sheetsand sends out an e-newsletter to alert certified operations and certifiers of changes to organic standards.Sign up for the Organic Insiderto hear about updates at the same time as CCOF!

CCOF is a subscriber to theOrganic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)出版的材料信息easier for certified clients to research materials for use on/in certified operations. While these material lists are no longer formal CCOF manuals, theOMRI Generic Materials and Product Listsservice as additional guidance documents to CCOF clients. Clients may request a copy of the OMRI lists from us.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture also reviews and lists products allowed on/in organic operations.Access WSDA materials information.

ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) provides a wealth of organic farming and processing information, as well as sample documentation forms and a special Ask an Expert forum.Find out how ATTRA can get you the help you need.

Labeling requirements for alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, and spirits) are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Labels for certified organic alcoholic beverages must be pre-approved by CCOF before they are submitted to the TTB for final approval. You can find requirements and labeling guidelines on theTTB website.

Are you trying to figure out how to price your produce? Check out Rodale Institute’sOrganic Price Report.

The Western Region Organic Farming Compliance Handbookprovides resources to new and currently certified organic farms and agricultural professionals. This important resource contains sample forms, certification readiness checklists, and helpful explanations of a variety of issues relating to organic standards and the certification process.

Are you trying to decide if organic is right for you? TheOrganic Trade Association's (OTA) How to Go Organic websiteprovides information for producers and processors on specific issues from a wide variety of sources to help you find answers to your questions and determine what’s needed to get started.

Determining the nutrient value of cover crops, fertilizers, and compost doesn’t have to be hit-or-miss, thanks toOregon State University’s Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator. Developed by OSU’s Small Farms Extension Team, the free online Excel calculator will help you design well-balanced and cost-effective nutrient management programs for your farm.

If you are in the Midwest and need assistance with pre-certification business planning and preparation, the nonprofitOrganic Processing Instituteis a good resource. They help farmers and processors by facilitating technical assistance, networking, and education to ensure sustainable business success.

Do you need legal help?Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG)is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.