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USDA National Organic Program

Information links and resources for certification to USDA NOP

NOP sealThe National Organic Program (NOP), a division of the Agricultural Marketing Service under the USDA, develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.

Any agricultural product sold or labeling in the US as Organic must be certified to meet these regulations.  Since it's implementation in 2002, the OTCO program has been certifying to this standard as the primary organic standard.  We offer several organic certification programs to compliment the NOP. However the USDA's organic standards replaced all private organic standards in the United States when it was implemented in 2002.

Listed below are the different classes of certification we offer under the NOP Standards.

Crop Production
Class O Organically Grown. Covers farms producing agricultural and horticultural crops.
Class OW Organic Wild-Crop Harvest. Covers the sustainable harvest of wild crops growing in a designated area that has been free of prohibited materials for at least 3 years
Livestock Production
Class OLP Organically Grown Livestock and Poultry. Covers farms producing animal products such as meat, eggs, and milk.
Handling Operations
Class OP Organic Food Processing. Covers the production of processed organic foods by processors and co-packers.
Class OH Organic Handlers. Covers businesses participating in the distribution chain for organic foods such as packers, brokers, wholesalers and distributors.
Class OM Organic Marketers. Covers the formulation and marketing of organic products, which are processed or co-packed at other facilities.
Class OR Organic Retail Stores and Restaurants. Covers retail stores and restaurants, which sell organic products to the consumer, either as fresh produce, packaged goods, or ready-to-eat meals.



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