Member Transaction Certification

OCIA's Transaction Certificate (TC) system allows an OCIA certified operator to enter the details of a particular organic sale transaction, which is then processed by the OCIA International office for issuance of a TC. The TC is not an official trade document, rather an aid for certified operators in keeping their necessary audit trail documentation in place so that certified organic product can be easily traced through the chain of custody.

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OCIA - Providing Excellence in Organic Certification

Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International is one of the world's oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

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The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the availability of a revised Frequently Asked Questions document and a new fact sheet to support the Organic Certification Cost Share Programs. Additionally, a USDA blog on the programs will post on Monday morning, September 8. Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic...

As of July 1, 2014, processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.

According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million of processed organic products to Korea in 2013. Since January 1, 2014, when a change in Korea's regulations closed...

Join eOrganic and the Organic Seed Alliance for a webinar on "Understanding the NOP Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed." The webinar is on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 am Eastern Time. It is designed for organic certifiers, inspectors, and operations, and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

The webinar will...

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted a new food labelling tool to its website that will help producers, manufacturers and retailers improve compliance with federal food labelling regulations.

This tool is now available...

Updated List of Certified Operations

The updated list of certified organic operators is now available!

As of the end of 2013, 18,513 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now more than 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 120...

The National Young Farmers Coalition offers a new guide for farmers that is designed to describe organic certification and help beginning farmers decide if certification is right for them.  The Vegetable Grower's Guide to Organic Certification is meant for vegetable farmers who embrace the philosophy of organic agriculture, but aren't...

The OCIA International Board of Directors submitted a public comment on USDA agriculture coexistence March 3.

Coexistence is defined as "the concurrent cultivation of crops produced through diverse agricultural systems including traditionally produced, organic, identity preserved, and genetically engineered crops."

The OCIA board...

Join OCIA International in signing Farm Aid's petition to help spread the word to make sure the USDA and Secretary Vilsack get the message loud and clear: family farmers can't "coexist" with GMO pollution.

For more information or to sign the petition, visit...

After months of debilitating and frustrating health concerns and a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, Nebraska organic farmer and musician Mike Ostry was life-flighted to an Omaha (NE) hospital in early February 2014 for removal of a life-threatening brain tumor. Mike remains in intensive care as recuperation and healing begin.

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The United States has entered into an equivalency arrangement with Japan that was effective January 1, 2014.  The scope of the arrangement is country to country, meaning that it only applies to products grown, processed, or packaged within the boundaries of those two countries. What does this mean for OCIA operations?

U.S. operators...

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Wed, 2015-03-04

Greatings OCIA Members,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jack Geiger. At the February 2015 Annual General Membership Meeting, I...

Fri, 2015-02-27

Lincoln, NE - The Organic Crop Improvement Association, one of the few farmer-controlled organic certifiers, convened its 30th Annual General...

Thu, 2015-02-12

Premiums for organic products come at a cost to more than just customers.

An organic product's price has been affected at many points before...

Wed, 2014-12-10

Join us February 11th and 12th at the Holiday Inn Council Bluffs at Ameristar. This Holiday Inn is located on the banks of the Missouri River in...

Mon, 2014-12-08

Jim Rowh, 66, an organic farmer from Clayton, Kan., is among those with 30 years of experience farming organically in the middle of the United...

Wed, 2014-08-27

Three hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen, bullet train, and a few local trains later, you would arrive at a processor tied to tradition.

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Fri, 2014-08-08

A farmer's work ethic gets tested between drought and floods.

Drought in 2002 and cattle markets closing in 2003 took everything Ward...

Mon, 2014-06-09

Farmers are like professional gamblers, with the weather being a big unpredictable risk factor.

Planting genetically engineered crops, a...

Thu, 2014-05-01

The newest member of the OCIA International Board of Directors is no stranger to the organization or farming.

Susan Linkletter, 44, grew up...

Thu, 2014-04-10

Picturesque Family Farms have Helping Hands Across Generations

The Wagon Wheel Farm carries...