Category: Certification

Carrageenan allowed under organic label
April 26, 2018April 26, 2018
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Carrageenan allowed under organic label

Carrageenan is a food emulsifier derived from seaweed that acts as a thickening agent. The organic industry is divided over its inclusion under the organic label. Carrageenan has been observed to cause intestinal stress of lab animals, while its natural emulsifying properties allow for a longer shelf life.  Recently, the USDA decided to disregard the...

What does it mean to be certified?
April 11, 2018April 11, 2018
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What does it mean to be certified?

Consumers may notice a new label on the supermarket shelves this summer. Approximately 15 farmers met in Vermont last month to create the standards for an additional product label under the organic certification program.  They plan to roll out the new label with a test pilot program of 20-60 farms.  The move comes five months...

VeggieTables
April 5, 2018April 5, 2018
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VeggieTables

For any successful farming business, accurate records must be kept. There’s an app for that! VeggieTables can help organize your organic certification recordkeeping, making it easier to pass yearly inspection. It works offline and follows the crop from ordering seed to making a sale. Developed by Jess Isbrecht of Green Duchess Farm in Hillsborough, the...

Organic Certification Cost Share Program
August 17, 2017August 17, 2017
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Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Deadline for applying for USDA’s Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) administered by FSA is September 30, 2017! OCCSP provides organic producers and handlers with financial assistance to reduce the cost of certification. Certified operations may receive reimbursement for a portion of their total costs. Qualified certified producers and handlers may receive up to 75% off of yearly certification costs. Anyone...