Made by certified crop operators and/or certification applicants
Compiled by Jim Riddle*
a product or practice approved by a certifier, but not getting the approval
in writing, and then misunderstanding the "approval".
to submit requested documentation to the certifier (such as prior land use
forms, non-GMO letters, adjoining land use forms, water test results,
understanding and/or not complying with certification requirements (minor
non-compliances) from the previous year.
to complete required paperwork on time, or at all.
registering with the state organic program, if applicable.
to pay certification and/or inspection fees.
- Use of
non-approved substances (incl. treated seeds), due to negligence and/or
not understanding the requirements.
- Use of
non-approved substances, due to trusting an input supplier who gave
assurances that the material was "approved" for organic farming.
to inquire about the GMO status of inputs, especially inoculants and Bt
having documentation of non-GMO status of inputs, including seeds,
inoculants, and Bt products.
farmer does not correctly calculate the amount of time from the last date
of prohibited inputs used - and the required 36 months have not passed.
The farmer then wrongly thinks that the present year's crop will be
saleable as certified organic, when it is not certifiable.
of approved inputs:
to obtain adequate documentation for purchase of approved inputs.
to document attempts to source organic seeds.
- Lack of
adequate detail or clarity on field maps and/or use of inaccurate maps.
maps which do not show acres, field numbers, and/or adjoining land uses.
keeping field activity records up to date.
to keep seed and input labels and receipts in an organized and accessible
to keep records for contracted services, such as planting, spraying,
harvesting, and/or trucking.
to keep bin records up to date.
recording field numbers on harvest and/or storage records.
using lot numbers or not using a consistent lot numbering system.
providing adequate documentation to buyers when organic products are sold.
keeping records of steps taken to inspect and clean transport units.
maintaining adequate records for operations with both organic and
to follow the operation's organic plan.
"renewal" farm plans with entries marked "No Change",
when there have been significant changes, such as new leased or purchased
fields, discontinued leases, sub-divided fields, new crops, new inputs,
changes to field numbers, changes to lot numbering system, etc.
to properly clean harvesting equipment and/or storage units, resulting in
commingling or contamination of organic crop.
to segregate crops harvested from buffer zones.
- Lack of
cleaning logs for spray equipment that is also used for prohibited inputs.
area contamination for post harvest handling (e.g. washing vegetables,
cutting vegetables, packing
or mishandling of crop by mistake by workers who are not fully informed of
organic certification requirements.
of prohibited materials by workers who are not fully informed of organic
- No GMO
drift management plan - not knowing where the nearest GMO fields are
to inform highway departments and/or other authorities that land adjacent
to organic fields should not be sprayed (or sign no-spray agreements when
these are available).
to post no-spray signs when and where these would add protection.
information provided by members of the Independent Organic Inspectors
Association and the OTA's Organic Certifiers Council. Compiled January 18,
2002, by James A. Riddle, Organic Independents, Winona, MN, USA.
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