Certifying Agents Currently Operating in the South

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Indiana Certified Organic (ICO)
Cissy Bowman
8364 SSR 39
Clayton, IN 46118
317-539-4317
cvof@iquest.net

AR, KY, LA, TN

International Certification Services, Inc.
(dba Farm Verified Organic and ICS-US)
301 5th Ave., SE
Medina, ND 58467
Robert Simmons or Christina Dockter
701-486-3578
www.ics-intl.com

MS

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Harry Schexnayder, Organic Program Coordinator
5825 Florida Boulevard, Suite 1023
Baton Rouge, LA 80806
225-925-8047
HSchexnayder@ldaf.state.la.us

LA

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39205
Kevin Riggin
601-359-1138
www.mdac.state.ms.us

MS

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)
Stephen F. Sears
9665 Kline Rd.
West Salem, OH 44287-9562
419-853-4060
organic@oeffa.com

KY

OneCert, Inc.
2811 Tennyson St.
Lincoln, NE 68516
Sam Welsch
402-420-6080
www.onecert.net

MS

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA)
Chad Goss
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-522-5898
cbgoss@oda.state.ok.us

AR

Oregon Tilth (OTCO)
Chris Schreiner
470 Lancaster Dr.
Salem, OR 97301
503-378-0690
www.tilth.org

 

AR, LA
Organic Inspectors’ Perceptions of Risks Faced by Organic Producers

Organic inspectors are the eyes, ears, and nose of the certification agency and are often the only representatives to physically visit the farm. They verify the accuracy of the grower’s Organic System Plan and assess the operation’s compliance with the regulations by conducting an on-site inspection before the operation can be certified. They also conduct the required annual inspections.[7 CFR 205. 403(a)] In the inspection process they become closely acquainted with both grower and operation. Recognizing that unique experience and insight, the IOIA gathered information from organic inspectors regarding the risks they perceived for transitioning and renewing organic producers.

Their answers:

  • Risks are generally greater for producers who are in the process of transition to organics.
  • The greatest risks for producers making the transition to organics are recordkeeping, human resource management, budgeting, and coping with the economic transition.
  • The greatest risks for experienced producers are budgeting, agency and neighbor interactions, access to labor, and management. Market identification and access and record keeping also pose concerns for these producers.

(Born, 2005)

 

Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA)
Jeff See
6400 Cornhusker, Suite 125
Lincoln, NE 68507
402-477-2323
www.ocia.org

AR

Quality Certification Services (QCS)
(Formerly FOG)
Jonathan Austin
P.O. Box 12311
Gainesville, FL 32604
352-377-0133
www.QCSinfo.org

AR, LA, TN

Stellar Certification Services, Inc.
Jim Fullmer
25844 Butler Road
Junction City, OR 97448
541-998-5691
stellar@demeter-usda.org

AR

 

Self-profile survey of USDA-accredited organic certifiers.

In 2003, The Rodale Institute collaborated with the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) to conduct a self-profile survey of USDA-accredited organic certifiers. This survey was built on the prior work of OFRF, which provided farmers with an annual directory of organic certifiers from 1992 through the start of the start of the National Organic Program in 2002. The 2003 survey data is in searchable database that is available on the New Farm Web page at www.newfarm.org/ocdbt/.

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