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.
(FEES DUE WITH YOUR APPLICATION)
|Postmarked by:||OH||IN, KY, MI,
PA & WV
MO & VA
|Early Bird -- March 15||
|Standard -- May 15||
Deadlines: *May 15, 2013*
The Early Bird deadline for all producers is March 15, 2013. Have your application postmarked by this date to receive the best rate. The standard deadline is May 15, 2013. After May 15th, producers should add $100 to their certification fees for applications postmarked by June 15th, $200 if postmarked by July 15th, $350 if postmarked by August 15th, and $500 if postmarked by September 15th. September 15, 2013 is the final deadline for all producer applications this year.
OEFFA Certification Policies & Procedures
OEFFA ORGANIC SYSTEM PLAN FOR PRODUCERS
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.
OEFFA Livestock Organic System Plan
This is the main application for all kinds of livestock, including dairy.
This will be filed yearly. This form accompanies the Organic System Plan.
OEFFA Organic System Plan for Handlers (including Producer/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.
LINKS TO RESOURCES
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.
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone: 614.262.2022 Fax: 614.421.2011