How Organic Farming Works

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* How Organic Certification Works
Beginning October 21, 2002, all farms and handling operations selling organic agricultural products worth more than ,000 a year must be certified by a state or private agency accredited by the USDA.

Organic farmers are, among other things, required to:
* have an Organic Systems Plan (OSP) describing how their operation will achieve, document and sustain compliance with applicable regulations
* maintain records concerning the production and handling of agricultural products that are sold, labeled or represented as organic
* submit to audits and evaluations conducted by accredited certifying agents
* have distinct, defined boundaries and buffer zones to prevent the unintended application of a prohibited substance to land under organic management (The national standards do not specify specific dimensions for buffer zones, but leaves the determination of their size to the organic producer and the certifying agent on a case-by-case basis.)

* use organic seeds when commercially available
* minimize soil erosion; implement crop rotations; and prevent contamination of crops, soil and water by plant and animal nutrients, pathogenic organisms, heavy metals or residues of prohibited substances
* have had no prohibited

Alexandria, Virginia
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Abilene, Texas
Belgium, Brussels
Tacoma, Washington
Mount Gambier, South Australia
San Buenaventura (Ventura), California
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