Seed records

Organic farmers are required to use certified organic seeds and planting stock.

What records do I need to keep for seeds?

You’ll need documentation of seed supplier information, labels, and purchase receipts, clearly noting quantities at your inspection.

If there is a GMO version of your crop(s) in the marketplace, you’ll also need to keep documentation to verify the crop(s) is non-GMO. Crops with GMO versions in the marketplace include:

  • Alfalfa
  • Apples
  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Soybean
  • Sugar beet
  • Summer squash

What records do I need if performing a commercial availability search?

After following the requirements for commercial availability search, you will need to save and organize all of your receipts, labels, and packets for non-certified seeds. You will also need a supplier statement affirming all non-certified organic seeds are non-GMO — if a GMO version is commercially available — and are not treated with prohibited substances.

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