Additional OTCO certification services

#Bee Better

OTCO has partnered with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to create Bee Better Certified™.

Bee Better Certified™ certification identifies and celebrates farmers and businesses that adopt farm management practices that support pollinators. We evaluate and certify farms based on the amount and quality of habitat created as well as the incorporation of pest management strategies aimed at protecting crop pollinators. Bee Better Certified™ is good for three years; however, the program requires well-documented annual updates. Learn more about Bee Better fees.

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Bee Better Certified™ is available to both conventional and organic operations.

#Salmon-Safe

OTCO, in partnership with Salmon-Safe, provides Salmon-Safe certification to organic farmers and handlers that further protect biodiversity and aquatic habitat, while helping to redefine the practice of ecologically sustainable agriculture.

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Salmon-Safe certification is an optional service and independent of organic certification.

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. We co-developed an overlay standard that addresses riparian area management, irrigation water use, pest management, and erosion control criteria that are either not covered, or covered only indirectly, under organic certification.

Certification is valid for three years and available for renewal upon inspection.

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Please note: If you applied for certification using our Online OSP via SOW Organic, you can make all of your OSP updates and requests through your account. All others should download the above and submit it to <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=cFd1V3JtcUh-2BDhFEXz1MGQJSVEVa_19>.

#Expedited certification services

For all new applicants and existing clients, OTCO offers an option for expedited services. As a reminder, the certification process takes on average 8-12 weeks — longer during peak season — to complete, barring any major questions or concerns.

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Please note, payment of the certification fee and the expedited fee must be received before our staff can begin reviewing your application and searching for an inspector. The successful and timely review of your file is largely dependent on the completeness of your application, as well as your ability to supply supporting documentation, responsiveness to change requests, and accessibility for any reviewer questions.

While expedited service does not guarantee delivery of certification by a certain date, we do provide the following commitments for all farm, livestock, handling, and additional expedited service requests:

  • Priority treatment for inspection assignment and scheduling
  • Submission of a completed inspection report within two business days of an on-site audit (normally 2-3 weeks)
  • Review of the inspection report and applicant file within two business days of receipt of the report (normally 30 days, or up to 45 during peak season)

OTCO reserves the right to refuse service for expedited requests based on administrative capacity. In all cases where expedited services are requested, OTCO will provide a timely response regarding our ability to meet the request.

The flat fee for expedited services — $1,050 — will be charged in addition to an inspection fee, certification fee, and/or new applicant fee. Payment for expedited services is expected at the time of a new application submission.

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Often, higher inspection costs are associated with expedited applicants due to last minute travel arrangements for our inspectors.

If applying for certification under multiple scopes of certification — e.g., as a farm and a processor — the flat expedited service fee applies to each certification scope that you wish to expedite.

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