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New Application

If you are new to OEFFA Certification, whether you have been certified by another agency or this is your first time applying for certification, this page will explain the process, fees, and deadlines, and will link you to the forms you will need. We have also provided links to other information that may be helpful.


The Certification Process

Applicants submit an annual application each spring with payment.  The Inspection Coordinator assigns an independent third party inspector to visit and inspect the farm, ask questions, and note areas of special concern.  The inspector then forwards his or her report to the Certification staff, who review all documents and grant or deny certification, or request further information.

For new applicants, this process takes approximately 90-120 days from the time your completed application and payment are received.  Incomplete applications and delays in scheduling the inspector's visit may delay the process significantly.

Coverage Map

OEFFA Certification will only be accepting new applications from operations in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia. If you are not from these states, please visit the National Organic Program website to find a certifier in your area.


Grower/Producer Fees:
(FEES DUE WITH YOUR APPLICATION)

 

Postmarked by: OH IN, KY, MI,
PA & WV
Out-of-Region
Early Bird -- March 15
$ 850
$950
$1000
Standard -- May 15
$ 900
$1000
$1050
June 15 - ($100)
$ 1000
$1100
$1150
July 15 - ($200)
$ 1100
$1200
$1250
August 15 - ($350)
$ 1250
$1350
$1400
September 15- ($500)
$ 1400
$1500
$1550

 

Attention Transitional Growers: Prevent problems before they happen! OEFFA Organic Certification will review an OSP during your transition for $150. We will provide feedback on any items that appear to be noncompliant with the NOP. The $150 fee can be applied to your first year's certification fees with OEFFA.


Deadlines: *May 15, 2014*

The Early Bird deadline for all producers is March 15, 2014. Have your application postmarked by this date to receive the best rate. The standard deadline is May 15, 2014. After May 15th, producers should add $100 per month to their certification fees. September 15, 2014 is the final deadline for all producer applications this year.


Application Forms

NOP Standards

OEFFA Production Standards

 

Download OEFFA Production Standards (pdf)

OEFFA Certification Policies & Procedures

OEFFA Production Standards

 

Download OEFFA Certification Policies & Procedures (pdf)

OEFFA ORGANIC SYSTEM PLAN FOR PRODUCERS

OEFFA Production Standards OEFFA Production Standards

This is the main application form for new operations. All applicants except producers/handlers must complete this form.

This long form will only need to be completed every three years. Operations include crops, pasture, a greenhouse, mushrooms, or maple syrup.

Download OEFFA Organic System Plan for Producers (pdf)

Download Fillable OEFFA Organic System Plan for Producers (doc)

Additional Documents
OEFFA Field History Sheet (pdf)

OEFFA Livestock and Poultry Organic System Plan

OEFFA Production Standards OEFFA Production Standards

This is the main application for all kinds of livestock, including dairy.

This will be filed yearly. This form accompanies the Organic System Plan.

Download OEFFA Livestock Organic System Plan (pdf)

Fillable OEFFA Livestock & Poultry Organic System Plan (doc)

OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers (including Producer/Handlers)

OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers Fillable OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers

If you are a handler (or producer/handler) please contact the office to discuss your operation. You may email us or call. Our contact information is on the bottom of this page.

Download OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers (pdf)

Fillable OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers (docx)

Additional Documents
Single Ingredient Product List (xlsx)
Product Profile Sheet (xlsx)
Multiple Ingredient Product List (xlsx)

Producers Fee Sheet

Handler/Processor Fee Sheet

 

Download Producers 2014 Fee Sheet (doc)

LINKS TO RESOURCES

Additional sources of information

ANOTHER RESOURCE

Under the National Organic Program Standards, the Certification staff is not allowed to "consult" but only to enforce the Standards. Staff from OEFFA Education are happy to answer questions about organics, transitioning, and sustainable agricultural practices. They can be reached by calling (614) 421-2022 or emailing them.

OEFFA Certification 
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

Phone: 614.262.2022   Fax: 614.421.2011