Organic Certification Resources

eOrganic author:

Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota

The organizations and links shown below provide comprehensive information on the organic certification process, including access to certification paperwork and certification services. The list includes links to University programs; State government programs; non-government organizations; and a representative sample of organic certification agencies.

General Information

For a complete and current list of all certification agencies accredited by the USDA National Organic Program, visit:

For a complete copy of the most current National Organic Program regulation, visit:

eCFR - The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service; Organic Certification Resources:

Iowa State University; Organic Information Resources:

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service; Organic Information Packet:

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service; MOSES Fact Sheets:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Organic Certification Publications:

University of Minnesota – Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; Minnesota Guide to Organic Certification:

University of Minnesota – Organic Ecology Program; Links to Organic Resources:

North Carolina State University - Organic Resources

The Rodale Institute – New Farm; Guide to U.S. Organic Certifiers:

The Rodale Institute – New Farm; Online Organic Training Course:

Sustainable Agriculture Network; Transitioning to Organic Production:

Western SARE; Organic Farming Compliance Handbook:

University of Wisconsin – Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; Becoming a Certified Organic Producer:

Biodiversity Assessment

Wild Farm Alliance; Biodiversity Compliance Assessment Tools:

Certification Agencies

California Certified Organic Farmers; Organic Certification FAQs:

International Certification Services, Organic Certification Program:

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; Apply for Organic Certification:

Midwest Organic Services Association; Steps to Certification

Montana Department of Agriculture; Organic Certification Information:

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Oregon Tilth; Organic Certification Program:

Organic Crop Improvement Association, International; Certification/Verification Programs:

Pennsylvania Certified Organic; Certification page:

Quality Certification Services; Organic Certification Applications and Forms:

Washington State Department of Agriculture - Organic Food Program:

Small Farm Resources

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; Resources for Growers:

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Assessing Organic Compliance for Small Farms and Markets:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service - Chatham County Center; Organic Certification Guide:

Sample Forms, Inspector Training

International Organic Inspectors Association:

Materials Review

Organic Materials Review Institute; Materials Review for Organic Certification:

Published January 6, 2010

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.