Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Full Day Workshop: ‘Demystifying Organic Certification’

November 13, 2023
8:00 am
November 13, 2023
4:00 pm
NC A&T University Farm Pavilion, Greensboro, NC
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Are you considering USDA Organic Certification but need more clarification about the requirements and process? Becoming a Certified Organic farm is a significant commitment, but it can have tremendous advantages, from increased market competitiveness, improved recordkeeping, and additional access to funding and technical assistance. This full-day workshop brings together industry leaders from certifiers, Extension, farmers, and CFSA staff to walk participants through the process, dispel myths, and answer questions about the USDA National Organic Program. The workshop provides an overview of the regulations and the certification process, including completing an organic system plan, recordkeeping requirements, land management practices, post-harvest handling and storage protocol, and what to expect during an inspection. Presenters also share resources that will help farmers successfully navigate the certification process.