Activities covered by crop certification
Your organic crop certification covers simple processing and handling of on-farm produced crops.
What types of activities does crop certification cover?
Some sample activities covered by crop certification include: washing, drying, storing, sorting, ensiling, and packing, packaging and labeling. Additional on-farm processing activities may be included and covered with livestock certification.
Am I able to pack and label my own simple processed products?
Farms packing and labeling their own products — under their own brand, or for another brand — are eligible to do so provided it is clearly outlined in the Organic System Plan and documented appropriately.
What if my farm processes both organic and non-organic products?
Farms that process — with the exception of packaging — both organic and non-organic processed products must apply for handler certification.
Is seed cleaning a processing activity?
No, on-farm seed cleaning is considered a continuation of harvest, not processing. If the farm is a split operation seed producer, it must have adequate contamination prevention procedures in the OSP, but is not required to have handling certification.