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Contact Us

Bill Davison
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
wdavison@illinois.edu

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-232-9006
gmccarty@illinois.edu

Organics

Organics

Certification

  • 2014 List of certified USDA organic operations
    The National Organic Program (NOP) oversees USDA-accredited certifying agents and their certification of organic production and handling operations. In January of each year, the NOP receives information on certified operations from certifying agents. Click on the highlighted title above to see a list of all certified operations as reported to the NOP on January 2, 2013.

  • Do I Need to Be Certified Organic?
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program publication.

  • Ecocert ICO
    Ecocert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991. Indiana Certified Organic began offering organic certification in 1995 and was one of the first certification agencies to be accredited by the National Organic Program.

  • Global Organic Alliance, Inc
    Global Organic Alliance (GOA) provides services to various organic certification or compliance verification programs.

  • Guidebook for Organic Certification
    This 36-page Guidebook answers your questions about organic certification. The book covers everything from why this is a good time to be an organic farmer to what steps are involved in becoming certified.

  • International Certification Services, Inc.
    International Certification Services, Inc. (ICS) provides certification services to agricultural operations and the food industry. Established in 1979 as Farm Verified Organic (FVO), ICS is one of the oldest organic certification agencies in the world.

  • Midwest Organic Services Association
    MOSA is a non-profit organic certification agency, rooted in the Midwest with growth extending throughout the United States. We are recognized for our high quality service, knowledgeable and courteous staff, our timeliness and transparency, and our consistent commitment to and advocacy for organic integrity. We certify crops, livestock, processors and handlers.

  • Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Certification
    OEFFA's Certification program ensures that organic crop and livestock producers meet the high standards established for organically grown food. The process of documentation and monitoring, strict production standards, and on-site inspections sets organic products apart from all others. These standards protect farmers, distributors, consumers, and the environment.

  • Oregon Tilth, Inc.
    A nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. Oregon Tilth advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.

  • Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International
    A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

  • USDA Organic; Substances for Organic Crop + Livestock Production
    July 2013. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has released a new fact sheet summarizing allowed and prohibited substances in organic crop and livestock production and processing.

  • What is Organic Certification?
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program publication.