Adapted from ATTRA – a great source of info on organic certification (www.ncat.attra.org)
Also from USDA’s AMS -- http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5107731
BY SUBMITTING THIS FORM I AM AGREEING TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ATTESTATIONS:
I sell no more than $5,000 of agricultural products labeled or represented as organic, annually.
I understand that this federal provision exempts certain qualified producers from certifying as organic but does NOT exempt them from most requirements of the federal organic law.
I attest that all of my production and handling practices and inputs associated with these organic products are in compliance with the National Organic Standard, 7 C.F.R. Part 205. Therefore, my practices include but are not limited to the following.
• a complete prohibition on all synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and growth regulators, except for those approved by the National Organic Program and placed on the National List, §205.601
• a complete prohibition on the use of arsenic- and lead-based pesticides, nicotine- and strychnine-based pesticides and baits, and sewage sludge fertilizer
• use of seeds and planting stock that have not been genetically engineered or treated with prohibited pesticides
• preventing crop contamination from prohibited spray drift
• preventing commingling of organic with conventional production
• strategies that build soil, prevent erosion, and promote biodiversity
• keeping adequate records to demonstrate compliance with the National Organic Standard
• Not using genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) and ensuring that preventative practices are used to protect organic products from GMOs.
• Not planting any seeds that had synthetic treatments, such as fungicides or insecticides.
• Using organic seeds unless organic seeds were not commercially available.
• Only using seedlings and transplants that have been grown organically using approved organic potting mixes and inputs.
• Applying only fertilizer, pest, disease and weed management inputs that have either been approved by EPA, the Organic Materials Review Institute, or by a USDA accredited certification agency, and are allowed under the USDA organic regulations.
• Implementing a soil building crop rotation on the farm, where annual crops of the same type are not grown in succession in the same field.
• Not applying manure to fields growing crops for human consumption any sooner than 90 days before harvest for crops that are not in contact with soil (e.g. sweet corn), or 120 days before harvest for crops that are in contact with soil (e.g. root crops, tomatoes, peppers, etc.).
• Ensuring that compost containing manure meets the requirement of having a carbon to nitrogen ratio of between 25 to 1 and 40 to 1, has had a temperature maintained of 130 to 170 ⁰ F for 15 days and has been turned 5 times, or, if in a static vessel, had this temperature maintained for 3 days.
I further attest that my organic products are not used as ingredients in certiﬁed organic processed products, nor are they used as feed for certiﬁed organic livestock.