Additional Services & Certifications

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Grass Fed Certification

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NOFA-NY certified operations approved for 100% Grass Fed certification may use the NOFA-NY Certified 100% Grass Fed logo.

Contact NOFA-NY for artwork and also to purchase freezer quality stickers and banners.

NOFA-NY 100% Grass Fed  /  OPT Grass-Fed Organic

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC  is now accredited to the Organic Plus Trust (OPT) Inc., Grass-Fed Organic Livestock Program for both Livestock and Handling. We are offering both NOFA-NY & OPT Grass Fed Certification. These are voluntary certifications* open to ruminant livestock operations currently certified organic by NOFA-NY. Producers can apply to only one of the certifications. 

*Note that some milk companies are requiring OPT certification. Check with your market to see if this is a requirement for Organic Grass Fed shipping. 

OPT Fact Sheet

Differences Between NOFA-NY 100% Grass Fed Program and OPT Program

Grass Fed certification is an annual process. Updated paperwork and fees must be submitted each year with the Organic Certification Application. Annual reviews and inspections will be conducted jointly with the Organic Certification process.

Grass Fed Fee Determination Form OPT Grassfed Seal Dairynew2

Grass Fed Organic System Plan

Grass Fed Supplement Verification Form

NOFA-NY 100% Grass Fed Certification Manual

OPT Dairy Standards

OPT Meat Standards

OPT Program Manual

OPT Grass Fed Milk Withholding Log

OPT Grass Fed Animal Commercial Unavailability Form

OPT is a public benefit company organized to expand on the existing National Organic Program standards by providing add-on certification modules for certified organic operations.  The Grass-Fed Organic Livestock Program standard has been designed to be a universal Grass-Fed certification that certified organic handling and livestock operations can apply to. The goal is to provide consistency and transparency to grass-fed organic standards for farmers, processors, manufacturers, certification bodies, retailers and consumers.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 607-724-9851 with any questions on these programs.


Transition Monitoring

Let NOFA-NY be your partner in navigating through the transitioning periods to becoming certified organic. Our transition monitoring program will give you the peace of mind that your practices are being verified as compliant with the organic standards.

Transition Requirements


Land

Any field or farm parcel from which harvested crops are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as “organic” must:

  • Have been managed in accordance to the USDA Organic Standards.
  • Have had no prohibited substances, as listed in the USDA Organic Standards, applied to it for a period of three years immediately preceding harvest of the crops.
  • Have distinct, defined boundaries and buffer zones such as runoff diversion to prevent the unintended application of a prohibited substance to the crop or contact with a prohibited substance applied to adjoining land that is not under organic management.


Dairy Operations

The USDA Organic Regulations established a one-year dairy herd transition period. Milk and milk products must be from animals that have been under continuous organic management beginning no later than one year prior to production sold, labeled, or represented as organic.

  • Implement organic management practices for fields, including crop rotation requirements by familiarizing yourself with the National Organic Regulations.
  • Develop appropriate housing and pasture for dairy animals, including young stock.
  • Implement pasture and outdoor access in the winter for all animals over six months old.
  • Discontinue the use of antibiotics, hormones, synthetic medications and dry cow treatment.
  • Search out and implement the use of alternative health care practices.


Livestock Operations

The USDA Organic Regulations state that livestock products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be under continuous organic management from the last third of gestation. Poultry or edible poultry products must be under continuous organic management beginning no later than the second day of life.

For more information on transitioning, click here.


Livestock Inputs List

Below are NOFA-NY published lists of allowed livestock inputs including healthcare, medications, feed additives & supplements, milkhouse products, and more:

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