Certification Resources

Frequently Used Resources

USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop

This government agency oversees national organic standards, accredits organic certification agencies, and provides general information on its policies and activities through its website.

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

P.O. Box 11558
Eugene, OR 97440
541-343-7600
http://www.omri.org

The Organic Materials Review Institute provides certifiers, growers, manufacturers and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. OMRI’s services are directed to all aspects of the organic industry with a primary focus on the decision makers who deal with the compliance status of generic materials and brand name products. With the OMRI Generic Materials List and OMRI Brand Name Product List, OMRI provides guidance on the suitability of material inputs under the USDA National Organic Program standards.

ATTRA-The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
800-346-9140
http://www.attra.ncat.org

A project of NCAT.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

P.O. Box 339
Spring Valley, WI 54767
715-778-5775
http://www.mosesorganic.org

A Farmer-run nonprofit educational outreach organization dedicated to organic farming. Publishes the Upper Midwest Resource Directory and hosts the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference.

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)

910 Minnesota World Trade Center
30 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-290-3304
http://www.rma.usda.gov

RMA Provides resources for farmers for protecting their operations from risk, through Federal Crop Insurance and information on other risk management strategies.

Additional Resources

Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc.

PO Box 472
Port Crane, NY 13833
607.648.3259
Fax: 607.648.3259
http://www.accreditedcertifiers.org
certifiers@accreditedcertifiers.org

USDA-accredited certifying agents working together to ensure the integrity of organic certification.

ATTRA-The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
800-346-9140
http://www.attra.ncat.org

A project of NCAT

Family Farmed.org

7115 W. North Ave. #504
Oak Park, IL 60302
708.763.9920
Fax: 708.763.9925
http://www.familyfarmed.org

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

2105 First Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-870-3400
http://www.iatp.org

A nonprofit organization which promotes rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy.

International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)

IFOAM - Organics International
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5
53113 Bonn
Germany
+49-228-92650-10
Fax: +49-228-92650-99
http://www.ifoam.bio
headoffice@ifoam.bio

IFOAM’s mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Their goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially, and economically sounds systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.

International Organic Accreditation Service

118 ½ 1st Ave. South
Jamestown, ND 58401
701-252-4070
http://www.ioas.org

An international organic accreditation Service (IOAS) is a non-profit independent organization which offers international oversight of organic certification, through a voluntary accreditation process for certification bodies active in the field of organic agriculture.

International Organic Inspectors Association

Margaret Scoles, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6
Broadus, MT 59317
406-436-2031
http://www.ioia.net

Trains certification inspectors for the organic industry. Training program includes curriculum, accreditation and publications.

Land Stewardship Project

821 E. 35th Street Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-722-6377
http://www.landstewardshipproject.org

The Land Stewardship Project fosters an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

W2493 County Road ES
East Troy, WI 53120
262-642-3303
http://www.michaelfieldsaginst.org

Michael Fields Agriculture Institute is committed to conducting research into agricultural practices and to providing information on those findings that will make a difference in the lives of farmers and their communities.

Michigan Agricultural Stewardship Association

605 N. Birch St.
Kalkaska, MI 49646
231-258-3305
Fax: 231-258-3318
http://www.sustainable-ag.org
kswcd@aol.com

MASA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping farmers implement sustainable farming practices.

Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)

480 Wilson Rd, Room 172
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-432-0712
Fax: 517-353-7961
http://www.miffs.org
info@miffs.org

Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA)

PO Box 26102
Lansing, MI 48909-6102
248-262-6826
http://www.moffa.net
moffaorganic@gmail.com

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

P.O. Box 339
Spring Valley, WI 54767
715-778-5775
http://www.mosesorganic.org

A Farmer-run nonprofit educational outreach organization dedicated to organic farming. Publishes the Upper Midwest Resource Directory and hosts the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference.

Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association (MODPA)

Darlene Coehoorn, MODPA President & Treasurer
Viewpoint Acres Farm
N5878 Highway C
Rosendale, WI 54974
920-921-5541
viewpoint@dotnet.com

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

4350 North Fairfax Dr. #910
Arlington, VA 22203
202-296-9680
Fax: 703-880-0509
http://www.nasda.org/

The purpose of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is to provide any State or Commonwealth government official a means to meet and discuss the promotion or regulation of the production, processing, handling and certification of organic products and services. The Association will explore problems experienced in administering organic programs, facilitate communication among the member’s respective agencies, and represent common interests to other national organizations and federal agencies.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

110 Maryland Ave. NE
Suite 209
Washington, D.C. 20002
202-547-5754
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net
info@sustainableagriculture.net

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA)

30 Keets Rd
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-772-0444
Fax: 866-554-9483
http://www.nodpa.com

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society

P.O. Box 194
100 1 Avenue SW
LaMoure, ND 58458
701-883-4304
Fax: 701-883-4204
http://www.npsas.org
info@npsas.org

A grassroots educational organization coordinating a network of growers in North and South Dakota with emphasis on promoting organic production through farmer-to-farmer contacts.

Organic Ag Info

http://www.organicaginfo.org

This site provides current, accurate, scientifically-based or practically validated information about organic agriculture. Contains information on production, economic data, research results, farmer anecdotes, certification information, transition strategies, as well as many other subjects related to organic agriculture.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

P.O. Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
831-426-6606
http://www.ofrf.org
info@ofrf.org

The Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

P.O. Box 11558
Eugene, OR 97440
541-343-7600
http://www.omri.org

The Organic Materials Review Institute provides certifiers, growers, manufacturers and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. OMRI’s services are directed to all aspects of the organic industry with a primary focus on the decision makers who deal with the compliance status of generic materials and brand name products. With the OMRI Generic Materials List and OMRI Brand Name Product List, OMRI provides guidance on the suitability of material inputs under the USDA National Organic Program standards.

Organic Trade Association (OTA)

Headquarters
444 N. Capitol St. NW
Suite 445A
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-403-8520
http://www.ota.com

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.

Practical Farmers of Iowa

600 Fifth St.
Suite 100
Ames, IA 50010
515-232-5661
http://www.practicalfarmers.org
info@praticalfarmers.org

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is a non-profit, educational organization that began in 1985 and now has over 700 members in Iowa and neighboring states. Our mission is to research, develop and promote profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture. We carry out diverse programs to assist farmers with both production and marketing needs, to raise public awareness of where food comes from and how it is grown, and to educate youth about agriculture and the environment.

Sustainable Agriculture Network

1122 Patapsco Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
802-656-0484
http://www.sare.org

SAN is the national outreach arm of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). SAN publishes a variety of farmer-ready handbooks, free bulletins, reports highlighting SARE projects, and resource guides.

Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Minnesota

P.O. Box 192
Princeton, MN 55371
844-922-5573
http://www.sfa-mn.org
info@sfa-mn.org

A farmer-run organization that promotes economically viable and ecologically sound farming. Information is shared among farmers through local chapters.

The Center for Food Safety

660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, #302
Washington DC 20003
(202) 547-9359
Fax: (202) 547-9429
office@centerforfoodsafety.org

Works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

The Organic Center

The Hall of the States
444 N. Capitol St. NW
Suite 445A
Washington, D.C. 20001
802-275-3897
http://www.organic-center.org
info@organic-center.org

Conversion of agriculture to organic methods, improved health for the earth and its inhabitants, and greater awareness of and demand for organic products.

The Rodale Institute

611 Siegfriedale Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530
610-683-1400
http://rodaleinstitute.org

The Rodale Institute reaches a global community of food producers to exchange valuable “farmer-to-farmer know-how.” RodaleInstitute.org presents compelling success stories with expert resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns and community-building collaborations.

USDA National Organic Program (NOP)

1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop

This government agency oversees national organic standards, accredits organic certification agencies, and provides general information on its policies and activities through its website.

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)

910 Minnesota World Trade Center
30 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-290-3304
http://www.rma.usda.gov

RMA Provides resources for farmers for protecting their operations from risk, through Federal Crop Insurance and information on other risk management strategies.

Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA)

2485 Notre Dame Boulevard
Suite 370-162
Chico, CA 95928
707-696-5154
http://www.wodpa.org
wodpa@outlook.com