Organic Regulations

The USDA National Organic Program’s (NOP) rules and regulations describe the specific standards required for you to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or fiber products. These regulations must be followed in all phases of production, handling, and sales of certified organic products. Find resources here to help you understand and navigate the complex regulations for organic crop and livestock production.  

Organic Standards are subject to revision or amendment. Check the National Organic Program (NOP) website for the most current version of the rules. 

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Sheep manure in a cover cropped walnut alley. This farmer stopped grazing sheep in their walnut orchard due to the potential risk (and liability) of contamination by pathogens from undecomposed manure contacting walnuts during harvest.
Linda Coffey checking for signs of illness in goat
Piglets in line at Prater Farm
organic Magness pears
Hands holding organic strawberries from Canada
Harlequin stink bug egg masses, first instar hatchlings and 4th instar nymphs.
Entomologist Brad Higbee explains the benefits of areawide insect pest suppression to Jerry Wattman, manager of this apple orchard near West Parker Heights, Washington.
cow eating turnip
Organic vegetables
A cow and calf grazing on a summer cover crop of pearl millet.
Cereal rye cover crop