Initial Organic Livestock Certification Documents

Livestock Certification includes all livestock, except poultry, in addition to any crops that are to be certified (pasture, grains, hay, vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, flowers, etc.). Click on the appropriate documents below to complete your request for initial organic livestock certification. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions while completing the documents. 608-637-7080 or

Program/Guidance Documents:

NICS Certification Manual

National Organic Standards

NOP Handbook

You must complete the following documents to begin your certification request with NICS. A checklist is provided for guidance.

Initial Application Checklist
Fee Estimate Worksheet for Livestock Producers
Organic Certification Affirmation (OCA)
Organic System Plan for Initial Crop Certification (OSPC)
Organic System Plan for Initial Livestock Certification (OSPL)
Field History (FH) Form
Seeds, Seedlings, & Planting Stock (SSPS) Form
Materials Input Listing (MIL) Form
Livestock List (LL)

If you have additional certification needs, please complete the following organic system plans, as applicable to your operation:

Custom Livestock Management Organic System Plan (OSPCLM)
Greenhouse Organic System Plan (OSPGH)
Maple Syrup Organic System Plan (OSPMS)
Maple Syrup Organic System Plan – Stand Alone (OSPMSO)
**for operations with only maple syrup production do not need to complete an OSP for Crops Certification**
Reinstatement Request Addendum (R1OSPRR)
Wild Crop Organic System Plan (OSPWC)

Supplemental Documentation for Crop Production

The following is a list of supplementary documents for organic crop certification. Please complete these documents, as applicable to your operation.

Additional Request Form (ARF)
Buffer Crop Usage (BCU)
Calendar for recording field activities, manure spreading dates, and other farming activities
Clean Equipment Log (CEL) Form
Clean Transport Affirmation (CTA) Form
Compost Production Record (CPR) Form
Consent for Release of Records (CRR) Form
Electronic Signature Authorization (ESA) Form
Facility Pest Management Agreement (FPMA) Form
Facility Pest Management Monitoring Log (FPMML)
Grazing Season Ration Record (GSRR) Worksheets, Forms, and Reference Charts
Harvest/Sales Summary (HSS) Form
Individual Herd Health Record (IHHR) Form
Material Input Review Request (MRR) Form
Neighbor Notification Letter (NNL) Form
Off-Farm Grazing Register (OFGR) Form
Off-Farm Greenhouse Register (OFGH) Form
Off-Farm Manure/Bedding Verification (OFMBV) Form
Organic Seed-Planting Stock Search (OSS) Form
Prior Land Use Declaration (PLUD) Form
Spray Drift Self Report (SDSR)
Transaction Certificate Authorization (TCA)
Verification of Adjoining Land Use (VALU) Form
Voluntary Surrender Form