Under the National Organic Program (NOP) products sold as organic in the United States must be certified by a USDA-NOP accredited certification agency. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is a USDA-accredited certification agency that certifies producers and processors in the state of Colorado.
To complete the Organic Certification Interest Form, download and save the blank PDF to a location on your computer like the Download directory or your Desktop. Then open the PDF document with Adobe Acrobat DC Reader, fill out the form, and save your changes. When complete, email the document as an attachment to (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Organic Program.
USDA/National Organic Program
National Organic Program Homepage: Provides links to all parts of the NOP website.
National Organic Program Handbook: Provides guidance and instructions to assist operations and certifiers to comply with USDA-NOP regulations.
USDA Organic Topics: Connects you with USDA programs, services and educational materials that can be helpful in your organic farm or business.
E Organic: Factsheets, publications, and webinars providing information covering all aspects of organic agriculture.
ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service): Organic Farming publications and information on pest control, organic certification, soils and fertilizer, crops, livestock, inputs, marketing and more.
CDA Markets Division: Markets Division has a variety of programs including Colorado MarketMaker, Colorado Proud and information on Specialty Crop grants to help organic operations.
USDA - Economic Research Service: Organic Market overview, organic trade and policy, and reports.
International Trade-Importing and Exporting Organic Products
National Organic Program Trade Partners: Information on exporting organic products to countries with international trade arrangements for USDA certified organic products.
CDA Markets Division: Information to help Colorado companies export their agricultural crops and products around the world.
Food and Drug Administration: General Food Labeling Guidelines
Good Agricultural Practices
CDA – Markets Division, GAP and GHP: Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices. The CDA is an in-state partner with the USDA for the USDA Fresh Produce Audit Verification Program