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.
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