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Organic Certification Program

The NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is a USDA Accredited Certifier which allows the Division of Regulatory Services to implement the organic certification program with oversight by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). Certification services are available to producers processors & handlers, and on-farm processors of organic plant, animal, food and fiber commodities. The scopes which NHDAMF is accredited to certify include: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handling operations.

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Prospective certified producers must complete an annual Organic System Plan (OSP) demonstrating adherence to the program's organic regulations. "Organic system plan" means a plan of management of an organic production or handling operation that has been agreed to by the producer or handler and the certifying agent and that includes written plans concerning all aspects of agricultural production or handling described in the NOP regulations. (OSP = application forms)

Annual on-site inspection visits are conducted with random follow-up visits to verify compliance with the rules. Certification and inspection fees are associated with this program.

NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Forms

Promotional Materials

The Division offers promotional material, including organic producer signs and stickers displaying the NHDAMF Certified Farm logo design, for use in advertising and product packaging. To purchase organic promotional materials, please submit a completed Organic Promotional Order Formpdf file with the correct remittance.

Laws & Rules

Resources

Record Keeping Templates

The following documents are templates that ATTRA has developed to assist certified operations with creating records. You are not obligated to use these templates, and should create a system that works best for your own farm operation. However, it may be useful to reference them when creating your own forms. This is not an exclusive list of required documents, simply several examples.

For Crop Producers:

For Livestock Producers:

For Processors:

The inspector will need to look at all records pertaining to organic production. The following list provides examples (not templates) of the types of records that will typically be requested related to your facility, ingredients, and processing activities. In addition to these records, the audit-trail records need to be readily available.

  • Facility map
  • Production formulations or recipes
  • Organic certificates from suppliers of organic ingredients
  • Records of tests to confirm that the water is potable
  • Verification that nonorganic ingredients are not genetically modified
  • Documentation of your search for organic ingredients when you are using nonorganic ingredients
  • Product flowchart
  • Batch sheets
  • Sample labels
  • Pest management logs
  • Record of cleaning and equipment sanitation
  • Correspondence to NHDAMF that explains corrective actions that were taken to resolve compliance issues (if applicable)

Export Requirments

The USDA has facilitated trade partnerships with multiple foreign counties. USDA certified organic products may be sold as organic to the following countries: Canada, European Union, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Commodity specific import requirements for the destination country include: labeling, export codes, grading and food safety.

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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109