What does "organic certification" mean?

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What does "organic certification" mean?

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Organic certification means that a farm or processing facility has gone through a process to become a USDA-Accredited Certifying Agent (ACA) under the USDA organic regulations. Once a farm or processing facility to sell, label, and represent the products that they sell as organic. To become an ACA, the farm or processing plant must file an application with the USDA. There is a $500 application fee. Along with the $500 application fee, one must include an organizational chart, a copy of the proposed fee schedule for all of the organic certification services, a list of each state in which the applicant currently certifies or proposes to certify production and handling operations, personnel information, a list of relevant training conducted for certification, administrative policies and procedures, conflicts of interest, and a description of current certification activities. Once a farm or processing facility is certified, that farm or processing facility must keep up with the USDA organic regulations.

For more information about organic farming, check out this article: How to Become a Farmer: Education and Career Roadmap

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