OEFFA has operated an organic certification program since 1981.
While the standards and the process have evolved since then, what hasn’t changed is OEFFA’s commitment to uphold the integrity of organics and provide farmers and handler/processors a pathway for profitability.
Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. We value our partnership with each of our clients, no matter the size or scope of operation, and work with you to meet your business’ needs.
Organic production and handling requires a “systems approach.” It involves practices promoting soil, animal, and worker health. This system protects water quality and the environment through integrated pest, weed, and disease management. The organic system produces a wholesome product that has been verified by a qualified third-party. With few exceptions, a grower or handler must be certified organic to market products with organic claims. We would be pleased to partner with you to provide your certification service.
OEFFA Certification currently accepts new applications from operations in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia. If your operation is not located in one of these states, please visit the National Organic Program website to find a certifier in your area. If you are from outside our region and are already certified by OEFFA, we are happy to continue to work with you!
The Certification Process
Complete and submit an application: Your Organic System Plan (OSP) describes your organic farming operation.
Initial Review: Based on the OSP, we determine if your farm appears to be eligible for organic certification. If so, we assign it to an inspector.
Inspection: An on-site inspection is conducted to verify the information in your OSP and evaluate how the plan has been implemented.
Post-Inspection Review: After we receive the inspector’s report, we do a final review to determine if your farm complies with organic standards.
Certification Decision: If your farm is compliant, we issue a certificate.
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