For Growers



The Road to Organic Certification

The Road to Organic Certification

Are you interested in learning more about the USDA NOP organic certification process? If so, take a walk on the Road to Organic Certification and watch how Candice Howard successfully certifies her sustainable farm and how Bruce Baxter successfully transitions his farm to certified organic.

Organic Cost-Share Funding

Farmers: You don’t have to wait for a renewal certificate to get your cost share!

Certified OrganicFor many growers, the annual costs associated with organic certification can be a major hurdle. However, financial assistance is available through the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program to cover up to 75% of certification costs, or up to $750. This federal program is administered by each state’s Department of Agriculture, is non-competitive and offered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Reimbursement includes all documented National Organic Program (NOP) certification costs incurred between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

Visit our website to learn more about the program in NC and SC, and to find all of the paperwork that you will need to fill out to get reimbursed.

Resources and Information for Pastured-Poultry Owners on Biosecurity Measures Against HPAI

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a virus that infects fowl. It is so virulent that it moves quickly between birds and can kill an entire flock in just a few days. Wild birds, domestic poultry, and other animals carry the virus. HPAI is currently considered a seasonal threat, thought to be transmitted from wild waterfowl to domestic poultry as the fowl travel for seasonal migration. Wild bird migration patterns and lower fall temperatures make it very likely that wild birds from recently infected areas in Canada will travel south through the Atlantic flyway through North and South Carolina this fall. Due to the seasonality and severity of the risk, the NCDA has canceled all live bird shows and sales between August 15th and January 15th. This strain of the disease does not infect humans or other livestock.

Many chicken and turkey flocks, pastured and conventional, across the Northwest and Midwest have been decimated by the rapid spread of the disease. Coordinated emergency response to the disease by the government has been key to reducing the number of infected birds and reducing farmers’ losses of livestock.

CFSA’s Q&A on HPAI with the NC State Vet, Dr. Meckes

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Q&A with the NC State Vet on Avian Influenza


Since December 2014, a number of chicken and turkey flocks, both pastured and conventional, in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest were infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). HPAI is a virus that infects fowl, killing entire flocks in a matter of days. The virus is transmitted by migrating waterfowl, meaning that farms may be infected seasonally during times of bird migration.

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