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Clemson University Organic Certification Clients

At Oregon Tilth we have been actively updating our systems to be more sound and sensible. With this commitment we will not require that you submit another full Organic System Plan Application To Oregon Tilth, instead we will work with your current certifier, with your assistance, to get the necessary OSP's you have already completed. As long as you sign a release of information we can get your full certification file directly from Clemson University. We will also waive the new applicant fee of $75.00.

Thank you for considering Oregon Tilth for your certification!
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This page applies only to prospective clients that are currently certified by Clemson University and in good standing who will no longer be able to be certified by Clemson due to changes in their administration. 

At Oregon Tilth we have been actively updating our systems to be more sound and sensible. With this commitment we will not require that you submit another full Organic System Plan Application To Oregon Tilth, instead we will work with your current certifier, with your assistance, to get the necessary OSP's you have already completed. As long as you sign a release of information we can get your full certification file directly from Clemson University. We will also waive the new applicant fee of $75.00. We want to assist you in any way we can and make this a seamless transition for your certification needs.

Why should I choose Oregon Tilth?

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is a leader in certification services while also supporting the growth of our industry by advocating, educating and promoting the benefits of organic agriculture. We have staff located throughout the country and in an effort to minimize cost to you we utilize contract inspectors who can bundle inspections regionally. We have a Farmer Hotline that is available to answer any questions you may have about certification or the NOP standard in general (during 9am to 5pm PST).  As an OTCO client you will have access to all of your certification documentation via your MyOTCO account, an online portal that can be accessed 24/7 at your convenience.

When will my certification be granted?

Normally the process takes 90 days for full certification to be granted. In the mean time your certification with Clemson will remain valid and you can sell organic product under that certificate. We will do everything we can to expedite your certification to best serve you.  Just let us know any special needs you may have.

Do I need to have an inspection done by Oregon Tilth this year?

Yes, the National Organic Program requires that an inspection is conducted for any client moving to a new certification agency prior to granting of certification.

Will I have to change my product labeling?

Yes, upon receiving certification through Oregon Tilth you will have to update your labels to state "Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth". If you have back log of labels please contact us and we will brainstorm solutions for you.

How much will it cost?

Oregon Tilth fees are assessed using the gross sales of organic products from the previous year. Additional inspection fees also apply, normally the inspection ranges between $300-$700 depending on the complexity of your operation.  All of this information is available in our Fee Schedule. If you have any question about this we would be happy to assist in getting you a quote. At the time of application we ask for the certification fee and a $200 deposit towards inspection to be paid.  As mentioned above, if you choose to move your certification to Oregon Tilth we will waive the $75 new applicant fee.

How do I get Started?

There are just a few brief documents that we need from you in addition to the release of information from Clemson. Please submit our Contract and Trademark Use Agreement, O1 Operation Information,  and the applicable fees. During the initial review process we may request additional information when it is applicable. All of the necessary documents to send us are listed below with links to download them.

Clemson Release of Information Form
Contract and Trademark Use Agreement
O1 Operation Information

Once you have completed these forms you can send them via email to organic@tilth.org or by mail to our address at 2525 SE 3rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333

Any Questions you can call our main office number at 503-378-0690 or if you are a farmer you can call our Farmer hotline at (503) 581-8102

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