Organic certification verifies that your farm or
handling facility complies with the USDA organic
regulations. This certification allows you to sell,
label, and represent your products as organic. Farms
all over the world may be certified to the USDA organic
standards. Most farms and businesses that grow, handle,
or process organic products must be certified.
Certification allows you to call your product "organic"
and to use the USDA seal.
The USDA's organic regulations describe production
standards for use of the word "organic" or the USDA
organic seal on food, feed, or fiber products. The USDA
National Organic Program, part of USDA's Agricultural Marketing
Service, oversees these regulations, with
substantial input from its citizen advisory board and
The organic industry is one of the fastest growing
agricultural segments in the United States today, with
sales reaching nearly $35 billion in 2012.
About 25,000 farms and businesses - in every U.S.
region and over 100 countries around the world - are
certified to the USDA organic regulations.