Read USDA’s final rule strengthening animal welfare standards here.
USDA published the final rule on January 18, 2017. CFSA is pleased that the final rule does address our comments about pastured livestock. Thank you to the CFSA members who took the time to answer our questions about pasture-based poultry housing as we wrote our comment this summer. You made a difference for farmers across the country! Read CFSA’s comment on the proposed rule here.
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.
Three example scenarios to give you an idea…
1) To certify 10 acres or less for one year in SC with Clemson’s Organic Certification Program (Currently, all certified organic farmers in SC use Clemson.)
New applicant flat fee: $750
After reimbursement, the farmer’s cost is only $187.50.
2) To certify a larger, more complex operation, the cost of initial certification may be more than $1000. Let’s say your certification cost is $1200. The cost share program covers up to $750 of this cost, so after reimbursement, the farmer’s cost is $450.
3) If you gross less than $5k annually from the sale of crops, but decide to get certified despite the $5K/yr exemption (for example, your products are bulked with other organic products), and you are in SC, Clemson will certify your operation at a flat rate of $200/yr. After reimbursement, the farmer’s cost is only $50.
NEW PROGRAM FOR SC FARMERS ONLY
As an extension of our Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) consulting, CFSA staff are available to provide on-farm consulting to farmers about opportunities to take advantage of cost share assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Organic Initiative.
The consultation involves an on-farm visit, a tour of the farm to assess natural resource concerns that can be addressed by NRCS conservation practices and a discussion of how the producer can access cost share funding to implement the identified practices on his or her farm. The farm visit normally takes about two hours and also provides an opportunity for discussion of organic production concerns on the farm. A written report will be made available to the producer outlining recommended conservation practices.
Are you intimidated by the regulations and paperwork necessary for USDA Organic Certification?
CFSA Now Offers FREE Consulting Services and Resources to Help Farmers Transitioning to Certified Organic