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Ecocert Group acquires NICS November 20, 2019

As many of you may remember, NICS lost our founder, Dave Engel, on March 14, 2017. He was an entrepreneur, farmer, and founding father of many certification agencies and related organic programs supporting the organic movement, just like many of you.

Upon Dave’s passing, his wife, Dr. Marta W. Engel, DVM, assumed ownership of NICS. Marta has worked alongside the NICS staff to keep the company moving forward so we could continue to be a part of your organic lives. She is soon to be 70 now, and has chosen to pass NICS to another family-owned organization, Ecocert, whom she believes will continue to uphold Dave’s legacy and the values NICS was founded upon.

“Ecocert is an ecologically minded company whose mission is a lot like NICS’s,” stated Marta. “With the new ownership NICS will be able to offer even better services to our organic farms and businesses, which have always been the lifeblood of our company.”

“We are delighted and excited to continue the work initiated by NICS’s founders and keep developing quality organic farming,” said Philippe Thomazo, CEO of Ecocert Group.

Ecocert Group also operates Ecocert ICO, an NOP-accredited certification agency in Plainfield, Indiana. The acquisition will not affect the organic certification of farms and businesses associated with NICS or Ecocert ICO, though many new certification options will soon become available to NICS clients as a result.

See the link to a letter from us and the official press release below.

Letter from the NICS Staff

Official Press Release

Marta Engel (center) with Philippe Thomazo (right), CEO of Ecocert, and
Vincent Morel (left), Director of America’s for Ecocert.

Organic Certification

Nature’s International Certification Services (NICS) is an organic certification agency founded to serve organic producers nationwide with their certification needs. We will help you step through the process of organic certification.


NICS is accredited by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) to assess the ability of organic operations (including crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/ handling operations) to implement, comply with and carry out the terms and conditions determined for organic management and products.


In addition to providing organic certification, NICS is also able to provide transitional land verification, perform inspections for the American Grassfed Association (AGA), and provide services for organic producers who wish to export their products to Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland and Taiwan.

NICS makes its services accessible to all applicants whose activities fall within their declared field of operation, and confines its certification requirements, inspection, and certification decisions to those matters specifically related to the scope of certification.

We currently serve clients in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, but may be able to assist clients in other states. Call our office for more information.

Nature’s International Certification Services is located in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Get directions.