Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility complies with the USDA organic regulations. This certification allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic. Farms all over the world may be certified to the USDA organic standards. Most farms and businesses that grow, handle, or process organic products must be certified. Certification allows you to call your product "organic" and to use the USDA seal.
Benefits for Farmers
Becoming certified organic helps farmers:
Receive premium prices for their products
Access local, regional, and international markets
Protect natural resources
Support local economies
Access additional funding and technical assistance programs
The USDA's organic regulations describe production standards for use of the word "organic" or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or fiber products. The USDA National Organic Program, part of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, oversees these regulations, with substantial input from its citizen advisory board and the public.
The organic industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural segments in the United States today, with sales reaching nearly $35 billion in 2012.
About 25,000 farms and businesses - in every U.S. region and over 100 countries around the world - are certified to the USDA organic regulations.