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ORGANIC PRODUCER INFORMATION

Organic producers are those that rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Crops and livestock can be called organic if certified to have been grown in or on soil or land that had no prohibited substances applied for 36 months prior to harvest.

Click on the panels below for application forms and more information. Before completing any forms, please review these instructions.





Inspections

Certified organic operations are inspected at least once a year. 

MTDA may conduct additional inspections:

  • To resolve an issue 
  • As part of USDA NOP surveillance 

Operations are subject to USDA NOP unannounced inspections.

Operations are required to notify their certifying agent if changes or events take place that may affect their compliance with the NOP standards. Examples of situations that would require you to notify MTDA include the following:

  • Before any new materials are used by the operation.
  • A prohibited substance is applied to any field, production unit, product, parcel, or site involved in organic production, whether directly or indirectly, intentionally, or unintentionally.
  • You add acreage, a new field, a new greenhouse, a new product line, or a new production facility to your organic operation.
  • You remove a field or production facility, or a portion thereof, from organic production.
  • You develop a new retail label for your organic products.
  • You process or handle new organic products, not already listed in your OSP.

This list is not exhaustive. If a change to your operation could potentially affect your compliance with the NOP standards, please contact MTDA Certification Services at the phone number or email address listed below.






National Organic Program Code of Federal Regulations

MONTANA RULES & CODE: Organic program


Contacts


MTDA Organic Certification Program
E-mail : agrorganic@mt.gov



Lori Leaf
Program Accounting & Billing/
Cost Share Information

Phone : (406) 444-3691
E-mail : Lori.Leaf@mt.gov



Sean Mulla
Program Specialist, Western MT
General Information/Materials

Phone : (406) 329-1347
E-mail : SMulla@mt.gov



Ed Tyanich
Program Specialist, Eastern MT
General Information/Materials

Phone : (406) 465-8305
E-mail : ETyanich@mt.gov



Georgana Webster
Organic Program Manager

Phone : (406) 465-7760
E-mail : GWebster@mt.gov