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Application instructions

Are you ready to apply? We appreciate your consideration of Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) as your certification services provider. We recognize that everyone has a different journey and understanding of the certification application process. We’ll get you started on the right path.

Please review the application requirements carefully before opening your application. We recommend starting with a review of our certification services and application deadlines. Once you’re clear on which certification(s) you would like to pursue, and you’re within the application acceptance period, choose from our application options below.

We’ve outlined everything you need to know about using our online application or downloading one of our application packets below. If needed, we’re happy to send an application packet by mail. Requests for mailed applications can be made by phone to (503) 378-0690 or email to <>.

If you need more info regarding the certification process or want clarification regarding our services, please check out our Help Center to see answers to commonly asked questions. On behalf of all of us at OTCO, thank you for considering us.

2019 Application Deadlines

USDA Organic Programs

OTCO provides certification services for operations that produce crops and livestock, or handle organic products. If you’re ready to apply you can get started on our Online OSP (more information below) or email us at <> for an application.

  • Crop and Wild Harvest
  • Livestock
  • Processing and handling
  • Restaurants and Retailers

Our Online OSP allows you to complete your certification application digitally and then manage changes to your organic system plan online. The Online OSP generates a custom application based on your needs and answers to an initial survey.

The Online OSP is available for anyone applying for certification to the following scopes of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standard:

  • Crop and Wild Harvest
  • Livestock
  • Processing and handling

We only recommend choosing the Online OSP if you have a reliable internet connection and are comfortable with online applications. If you prefer not to apply online or the certification you are interested in is not offered on the Online OSP, please email us at <>

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OTCO Transitional Organic Program

Oregon Tilth offers voluntary transitional certification services for farm operations in the process of transitioning land to organic. Please note that your land must be free of prohibited materials for a minimum of one year to be eligible to apply.

If you’re ready to apply or have questions on getting started email us at <>.

International standards

Our know-how and credibility in organic certification are valued and known beyond the U.S., reaching Mexico and other countries.

OTCO provides technical assistance and services to help certified organic clients access export opportunities for raw and processed organic products to international markets. Additionally, you may be eligible to be certified to international organic program standards. We offer an integrated approach to deliver your operation clear and practical support in navigating individual country requirements.

Personal care products

Prior to applying for certification, review your personal care product(s) to see if it qualifies for USDA NOP processing certification, or if you need to pursue NSF/ANSI 305 certification.

If you’re ready to apply or have questions on getting started email us at <>..

Global Organic Textile Standard

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a comprehensive certification service for any step throughout the textile supply chain. Please note, to be eligible for certification, all steps in your product’s supply chain — including raw materials — must be inspected and approved.

If you’re ready to apply or have questions on getting started email us at <>.


OTCO-certified organic farmers — crop and livestock — are eligible to receive a flat fee ($95) assessment for Salmon-Safe certification to occur during your annual organic inspection.

Please submit the completed form by email to <> or by mail to Oregon Tilth, 2525 SE 3rd Street Corvallis, OR 97333. Please note that fees are due at the time of application submission.Salmon-Safe Certification application

Bee Better Certified™

Bee Better Certified™ works to give bees a healthy place to live. The program partners with farmers and food companies to conserve bees and other pollinators in agricultural lands. Our work advances more resilient pollinator populations and sustainable crop production. The Bee Better Certified seal identifies and celebrates farmers and businesses that adopt farm management practices that support pollinators, and gives consumers confidence that their purchasing decisions benefit pollinators and the farmers working to protect them.

Bee Better Certified™ was developed with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to provide the latest science-based principles and is backed by Oregon Tilth’s third-party verification to ensure actions taken by farmers promote pollinator conservation.

The application packet and additional information are available on the Bee Better Certified™ website.

Bee Better Certified™ website

OPT Grass-Fed Organic

OTCO, in cooperation with Earth Claims LLC, and The Organic Plus Trust (OPT) provides OPT Certified Grass-Fed Organic certification to organic farmers and handlers with Grass-Fed livestock products. OPT Certified Grass-Fed Organic identifies farmers and businesses who are maximizing the use of pasture grazing, minimizing grain in all forms and maximizing animal well being. The program is underpinned by the National Organic Program (NOP) and builds upon the existing requirements. OTCO-certified organic farmers and handlers are eligible to receive a flat rate fee ($350) in addition to annual certification or certifications application fees.


OPT Livestock Application OPT Handling Application

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