Congratulations! Now that your operation is USDA Certified Organic by MOFGA, here are some things to keep in mind that will make the certification process seamless and easy!
- Recertification is an Annual Requirement!
Each January you will receive information on how to update your organic system plan (OSP) for the year and pay your fees. You will be inspected annually. Be sure to keep your records!
- Communicating with your specialist
Every certified operation is assigned a specialist, who reviews your OSP an inspection report and keeps your file in order. Any changes to your OSP during the year must be comminicated to your specialist. If you are uncertain who it is, check your review letter or give us a call at 207 568-6030!
- Organic Labeling
Now that you are certified you may use the MOFGA Certified and USDA logos on your labels. You can find them on our website, or contact us to have them emailed to you. Be sure your specialist proofs your label before you have it printed.
- Federal organic cost-share rebate programs
These annual programs reimburse certified growers and handlers up to 75% of their certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per production scope. Your annual fees must be paid in full and you must have a W9 vendor form filed with the state in order to receive the rebate.
- Stay informed
Keep up to date with the organic rule by signing up for the Organic Insider. MCS publishes The Organic Sprout twice a year, full of timely information. You will also receive regular electronic newsletters from MOFGA’s Ag Services department. Make sure to check out eXtensions Foundation for a wealth of information, and keep tabs on all the latest pests and diseases with the MOFGA Pest Report. Take a break from all that reading and watch some videos at the Organic Certification Video Series.
- Use the benefits
MOFGA offers many benefits to certified organic farmers – discounted booth fee at “the Fair“, free technical and marketing advice from MOFGA/s Ag Services, the MOFGA paper and discounts at events and trainings.
- Spread the word!
Spread the word that you are certified organic! Display the banner and your certificate, use social media, add it to your website, signage and business cards. Consult Ag Services’s Farmer Toolkit on mofga.org for more resources. Download this info as a colorful poster.