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Where do you begin? Is there really reimbursement for organic certification costs?

Are you already farming and wondering how to transition your farm to organic? Worried that making the switch is hard? What about the neighbors?

Will any materials be allowed? What about cleaners?

Are you thinking there must be so many rules for processing? What about labels and packaging?

The following comprehensive primers tackle high-interest topics and provide easy-to-skim resources that answer common questions from producers.

Resource development: Created in partnership with the Massachusetts/Baystate Organic Certifiers (MBOC).


Understanding Organic Certification

Crop Operation Resources


Livestock Operation Resources

Processing Resources

International Trade

The United States has trade arrangements with several foreign nations and regions to facilitate the exchange of organic products and provide additional market opportunities for organic producers. Consumers also benefit from a wider range of organic products year-round.

Baystate Organic Certifiers is approved by the NOP to issue and manage the documents required to ship organic products from the US to foreign markets. Please see the explanations below for specific requirements based on the recipient nation or region.

Additional information on current international trade agreements can be found here. For any international questions and/or documentation, contact Certification Administrator Eric Hanson at 401-835-2201 or