Agricultural Marketing Service
About AMS Newsroom Opportunity Online Forms Help Contact Us
 
 
Search AMS
   Browse by Subject
Grant Programs
 
You are here: Home / AMS Grants / State Organic Program
 
National Organic Program
 
Information for State Organic Programs  
State Organic Programs provide the opportunity for a State to oversee its production and handling operations per the USDA organic regulations. State Organic Programs must assume regulatory enforcement responsibility for USDA organic operations statewide. State Organic Programs may also add more restrictive requirements due to specific environmental conditions or the necessity of production and handling practices in that State.


State Organic Programs Versus State Certifying Agents
State Organic Programs. Although there are many State agencies (typically Departments of Agriculture) that are certifying agents, there is currently one State Organic Program: California. In California, the State Organic Program administers enforcement activities and may add more restrictive requirements in accordance with the regulations. With state certifying agents, the USDA administers enforcement activities and the State agency may not add more restrictive requirements. In additional to being certified by any certifying agent on the list below, all organic operations in California must register with the State Organic Program.


Becoming a State Organic Program
To apply, a governing State official must submit a State Organic Program proposal containing the following information to the USDA. Propose a State Organic Program
  • Stateís statutory authority
  • Program description
  • Documentation of the Stateís environmental conditions or specific production and handling practices which necessitate more restrictive requirements than the National Organic Program regulations and how these amendments are consistent with the Organic Foods Production Act
  • Any additional information requested by USDA


Compliance & Enforcement
State Organic Programs are responsible for administering a compliance and enforcement program. In other states, this function is administered by the National Organic Program. If a non-compliance is identified, the certifying agent or State Organic Program must notify the operation in writing. If the operation fails to correct the non-compliance, appeal the certifierís decision, or otherwise resolve the problem, the certifying agent or State Organic Program may suspend or revoke the operationís organic certification. The distinction between suspension and revocation depends on the severity of the non-compliance. A suspended operation may not sell or represent their product as organic until it is reinstated in writing by the National Organic Program. A revoked operation (or a person responsible for one) may not obtain certification for five years. Learn more.
Report violation for operations in: California | Other States


Training Resources
While the online training materials are intended for certifying agents, they may be helpful resources for other audiences. Please note that online training modules do not count towards accreditation or certification. Learn more.

 
Receive NOP Updates
 
  Be an Organic Insider!  
 
NOP Finder
 
  NOP Homepage  
 
  Consumer Information  
 
  Organic Standards  
 
  National Organic Standards Board  
 
  Organic Certification & Accreditation  
 
  Compliance & Enforcement  
 
Standards Resources
 
  Organic Operations  
 
  Certifying Agents  
 
  State Organic Program  
 
  International Trade Partners  
 
 
  Last Modified Date: 12/13/2011