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Organic Certification (Certified Organic)


Under the USDA National Organic Program, all products sold as “organic” must be certified. Certification involves a farm submitting a production plan and being inspected annually by a certifying organization. The process is very similar to quality control programs used in other industries. The organic certification process is designed to assure customers that the organic products they purchase have been produced using appropriate organic practices, with records that allow traceability.

Example of Organic Certification (Certified Organic):

Organic certification is given by the USDA when the standardized organic growing processes are met. Many farmers find it challenging to get this certification as there are many pests and diseases that are difficult to treat without any synthetic chemicals.
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