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National Organic Program

NYS Dept. of Agriculture

Organic Material Review Institute

NOFA-NY Technical Assistance

USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides organic producers and handlers with financial assistance to reduce the cost of organic certification by reimbursing a portion of paid certification costs. Once certified, the organic operation is eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75% of certification cost (includes additional review and materials review fees) each year up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope – crops, livestock, wild crops, and handling.

  • Click here for the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets' 2018-19 Application for Organic Certification Cost Reimbursement.

USDA Organic Certification Made Simple is a multi-part video series, farmers discuss their firsthand experiences with obtaining organic certification—and why they decided to pursue it. Small video segments show viewers how the USDA organic regulations translate to practices on the ground by following a direct market farmer on his journey through the organic certification process. The video also provides a step-by-step overview of organic production requirements and the process of organic certification—by farmers, for farmers.

USDA Organic Integrity Database is a searchable database that helps you find a specific certified organic farm or business with specific characteristics. To find NOFA-NY certified producers simply select NOFA-NY from the certifier drop down tab.  Listings come from USDA-Accredited Certifying Agents.  

National Resource Conservation Service provides financial and technical assitance to help agricultural producers on biodiversity and resource conservation. 

Organic Seed Resources explains the NOP requirements for using organic seeds, the procedure for documenting your seed search if you are unable to find the type of seed you need, and provides contact information for companies selling organic seed.

Standards & Program Manuals

NOFA-NY Certified Organic Policy Manual explains how the certification process works and describes our policies.

The NOP Organic Regulations are the official USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards for organic certification. The NOP develops the rules and regulations for the production, handling, labeling and enforcement of all USDA organic products. Parties seeking organic certification are responsible for understanding and complying with these standards.

NOP Handbook is a compilation of guidance documents, policy memos, and instructions intended to clarify policies and provide assistance in complying with NOP regulations.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic Guidance Manual provides comprehensive instruction on the organic standards to assist in compliance to regulations.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic 100% Grass Fed Certification Manual outlines the standards required to obtain additional certification outside the NOP Organic Program for food products sourced from pasture. All NOFA-NY certified organic livestock operations are eligible to enroll in this added certification program.

Fact Sheets

Understanding Organic Certification

Livestock Operations

Dairy Operation

Crops Operations

Handler/Processor Operations

Labeling Guidance

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