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Applications for Organic Certification

Thank you for submitting your 2017 Organic Application.

Applications are now being reviewed.  Thank you for your patience during our personnel transition.

New Applicants will be given first priority.

Renewal Applicants please be aware that your organic certification will remain in effect until surrendered or revoked, regardless of the renewal date on your Product List.

Please contact Mr. Stacy Gerk at 505-320-8590 or organic@nmda.nmsu.edu [1] with any questions or concerns.

Applications for certification renewal are due April 1, 2017; first-time crop applications should be submitted no later than August 1, 2017.

The heart of the application for organic certification is the Organic System Plan (OSP). The OSP, which includes information about what you plan to produce this year and how, is the heart of the applications below. For a generic example of a completed OSP for crops, click here [2].

Please be aware that  production practices must be verified to give customers the guarantee promised by organic certification. Much of this assurance is in the form of records kept during production, records that will be included in the annual site inspection by a trained organic inspector.

If you are a first-time applicant for organic certification and have questions about completing the application for certification you can email the Organic Program Advisory Committee for help. The Advisory Committee is composed of certified organic farmers and ranchers. One of the committee members will get back to you within a week. Please do the following things to get help:Put “help with organic application” in the subject line of your email

  1. In the body of your email please tell the committee the approximate size of your farm, ranch or processing operation; what are your principal crops, breeds, or products; and your geographical location. Also include your contact information and your preferred method of contact. If you would like a phone call, please let the committee know the best time to reach you.
  2. Send your email to: Organic Advisory Committee [3].
  3. Please note that applications are in pdf format and will require a pdf reader.  If you would like a Microsoft Word version of any of these applications please e-mail: organic@nmda.nmsu.edu [1]

Supplementary Application Forms:

Field History [5]

Previous Land Use Statement [12]

Custom Service Compliance Statement [13]

Adjoining Land Use Statement [14]

Off-site Storage Verification Form [15]

Organic Product Label Checklist [16]

Non-Organic Ingredient Compliance Statement [17]

Natural Flavor Verification [18]

Download Record-Keeping Forms (not required but helpful) [19]

Download Application for Approval of Inputs Manufactured in New Mexico (for input manufacturers) [20]

Download NMDA Certified Organic Seal (NMDA certified organic products only) [21]

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