The National Organic Program regulations were adopted to bring standardization to the use of the term organic. Except for operations whose gross agricultural income from organic sales totals $5,000 or less, farm and processing operations that grow and process organic foods must be certified by USDA-accredited certifying agents. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is a USDA accredited certifying agent for producers and handlers located in Maryland. MDA also offers a registration program for exempt operations.
The basic certification process for a producer or handler (an operation that receives agricultural products and processes, packages or stores such products):
Application forms and other information for producers.
Application forms and other information for handlers.
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