Organic

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.

The CDA verifies that the requirements of organic production and handling practices meet the national standards. Food and other agricultural products that have been produced following the USDA organic regulations carry the Organic label and may also display the USDA Organic seal.
Please note: The CDA is currently not accepting any new applications for organic certification. There are many private certification agencies that are currently providing organic certification in Colorado. To locate other accredited organic certifiers you can use the USDA Organic Certifier Locator tool on the USDA website.
Waiting list:The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Organic Certification program is anticipating accepting applications for organic certification during 2020. If you would like, sign up for our waiting list and be notified when we start accepting new applications. Please click on the Organic Certification Interest Form button below. Submitting the form is not an acceptance or guarantee of organic certification by the CDA.

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 (cda.organic@state.co.us) the Organic Program.

USDA Organic Cost Share Program is being operated by the USDA Farm Service Agency. The USDA Cost Share Program has information about the program.
 
Complaints against certified and non-certified parties should be forwarded to the Compliance Office at the National Organic Program.

Organic Resources

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.

Organic Production

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.

Marketing Resources

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 Labeling

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

Contact the Organic Program