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 and inspection report and keeps your file in order. Any changes to your OSP during the year must be communicated 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. It’s very important that your specialist proofs your label before you have it printed.
- Federal organic cost-share rebate programs Two federal programs (Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) reimburses certified growers and handlers, as of 2022, up to 75% of their certification costs, or 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 Maine DACF in order to receive your reimbursement.
- 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 Farmer Programs. 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 Common Ground Country Fair, free technical and marketing advice from MOFGA’s Farmer Programs, the MOF&G paper and discounts at events and trainings.
- Spread the word! Spread the word that you are certified organic! Display the sign, logo and your certificate, use social media, add the logo to your website, signage and business cards. Consult MOFGA Farmer Programs for additional resources. Download this info as a colorful poster.