The program is a USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program. The program facilitates international marketing of organic products with Canada, the European Union, Japan, and Taiwan.
You can learn more about the certification process here.
New applicants can apply at anytime and renewal applications are due on the following dates:
Montana ranks 1st and 2nd among states in production of certified organic wheat, dry peas, lentils and flax.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced at the end of 2015 that they will extend the organic farmer exemption from conventional commodity checkoffs to ALL organic farmers, effective February 29, 2016. Organic farmers are no longer required to pay into conventional checkoff promotion programs that promote conventional products directly competing with their organic products.
For more information:
Organic Certification Program
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-7804
Fax: (406) 444-9466
Published: Mon Apr 04 11:28:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Fri Apr 15 16:40:34 MDT 2016