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Organic System Plan (OSP) Templates for Certifiers

  1. 1. Organic System Plan (OSP) Templates for Certifiers A Publication of ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service • 1-800-346-9140 • www.attra.ncat.orgBy George Kuepper, This publication contains templates that can be used by organic certifying agencies to developHolly Born, and and standardize their application materials. Applications for organic certification constitute theLance Gegner Organic System plan required by the National Standard. These templates are structured to elicit the© 2007, NCAT information needed for organic system plans. This document replaces a 2002 ATTRA publication Creating an Organic Production and Handling System Plan: A Guide to Organic Plan Templates.Contents Introduction Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture; Lisa Hummon, Defenders of Wildlife; NancyIntroduction ..................... 1 Under the National Organic Standard, every Matheson, NCAT; Lisa McCrory, NOFA-VT;Acknowledgements ...... 1 certified organic farm, ranch, and handling Nancy Ostiguy, The Pennsylvania State Uni-TemplateDescriptions ..................... 1 operation must submit an organic system plan versity; Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota;Access to Templates ...... 2 or “OSP” when applying for certification, and Pam Riesgraf, Organic Valley; Barbara C. update that plan annually (or more frequently Robinson, USDA/AMS; Kelly Shea, HorizonSummary ........................... 2 if operational changes are made). §205.201 Dairy; Kathy Turner-Clifft, Doubletree RanchRegulations on OrganicSystem Plans .................... 3 of the National Standard outlines the specific LLC; Sara Vickerman, Defenders of Wild-Templates: requirements for a complete OSP. It is cus- life; Ann Wells, Springpond Holistic Animal Organic Farm Plan tomary, in most instances, for certifying agen- Health; Katherine Withey, Washington State Template cies to structure their application forms so Dept. of Agriculture. Organic Farm Plan that all the information required in an OSP, Update Template Organic Livestock Plan is solicited from the applicant. The templates Template Descriptions Template provided in this document were created to address the essential elements of a complete Organic Farm Plan Template Organic Handling Plan Template OSP. They are models that certifiers are This template typifies the basic application encouraged to apply when creating or revising form provided to all farmers and ranch- their own application/OSP documents. ers who produce crops and graze livestock. It details how the land and crops will be Note that this document replaces a 2002 managed in compliance with the National ATTRA publication Creating an Organic Standard. When completed by the producer Production and Handling System Plan: A and agreed to by the certifier, it essentially Guide to Organic Plan Templates. becomes a contract and a roadmap. A Field Thanks to the following members of the stake- History Sheet is included as part of this holder team responsible for reviewing and document. Field history sheets are an guiding development of the Organic Livestock essential part of an OSP. Plan Template and the biodiversity language The Organic Farm Plan template—as well as additions to the Organic Farm Plan Tem- Organic Farm Plan Update and the OrganicATTRA—National Sustainable plate: Katherine Adam, NCAT; Ann Baier, Handling Plan templates—were originallyAgriculture Information Ser- NCAT; Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alli- authored by Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford.vice is managed by the NationalCenter for Appropriate Technol- ance; Brenda Book, Washington State Dept. They were created for the Independentogy (NCAT) and is funded under of Agriculture; Cissy Bowman, Indiana Cer- Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) anda grant from the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture’s tified Organic; Mark Bradley, USDA-NOP; the Organic Certifiers Council (OCC) withRural Business- CooperativeService. Visit the NCAT Web site Diane Collins, Organic Farm Marketing; funding from the Federal-State Marketing(www.ncat.org/agri. Lisa Cone, Waterfall Hollow Farm; Joyce Improvement Program (FSMIP). Revisionshtml) for more informa-tion on our sustainable E. Ford, Organic Independents; John Fos- were later made with funding assistance fromagriculture projects. ter, Oregon Tilth; Liana Hoodes, National the John Deere Company’s “Go Organic”
  2. 2. project. In 2002, the National Organic Stan- Organic Handling Plan Template dards Board (NOSB) approved all three tem- This template is intended for use when cre- plates as guidance documents. In August ating application/OSP documents for pro- 2005, the NOSB approved specific addi- cessing, on-farm processing, and other tions to the template recommended by the organic handling enterprises. An Organic Wild Farm Alliance and the National Center Product Profile form is included as part of for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). These the whole template document. additions solicited more information on farm biodiversity planning and practices. Access To The Templates Organic Farm Plan Update Template All four templates are considered to be in Many certifiers allow producers to use a the public domain. They may be adapted much shorter form when doing the annual and used as needed by certifying agen-Related ATTRAPublications update of their OSP. The Organic Farm Plan cies, educators, producers, handlers, and anyone else to whom they might be useful. Update template is a model of how such aOrganic Farm Certifi- Print copies are available free-of-chargecation & the National document might look. A Field History Sheet from ATTRA by calling 1-800-346-9140.Organic Program is also part of this document and requires Electronic copies may be downloaded free-The Organic Certification annual update.Process of-charge from the ATTRA Web site at:NCAT’s Organic Crops <www.attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/OSPtemplates. Organic Livestock Plan TemplateWorkbook html>. This template is intended for use whenNCAT’s OrganicLivestock Workbook creating application/OSP documents forNational Organic livestock enterprises. It is structured to SummaryCompliance Checklist address all common livestock enterprises • Each producer and handler must developfor Producers in a single form. In most instances, pro- an organic system plan (OSP) to obtainNational Organic ducers will also be completing an organic organic certification.Compliance Checklist farm plan to address crop, pasture and orfor Handlers range management. This template has been • Certifying agencies typically provideOrganic Field Crops designed to “stand alone” as the sole appli- questionnaire that solicit all the informa-Documentation Forms cation form in the event that the operation tion needed to constitute a complete OSP.Organic LivestockDocumentation Forms does not have a crop- or range-land base, as • OSP templates have been designed anOrganic Orchard, Vine- is the case with some poultry operations. approved by the National Organic Pro-yard, and Berry Crop gram (NOP) and the National OrganicDocumentation Forms The Organic Livestock Plan template was Standards Board (NOSB) as guidanceOrganic Market Farm created in 2006 by the National Center materials for how such questionnaires canDocumentation Forms for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) under be structured.Forms, Documents, contract with the National Organic Pro-and Sample Letters forOrganic Producers gram (NOP). It received significant input • The OSP templates provided in this publi-Preparing for an Organic from a large group of stakeholders from cation may be freely adapted by certifiersInspection the organic community. and others as needed.Page 2 ATTRA Organic System Plan (OSP) Templates for Certifiers
  3. 3. What the Organic Regulations Say about Organic System Plans § 205.201 Organic production and (2) A list of each substance to be used years, 4) be sufficient to demonstrate handling system plan. as a production or handling input, compliance with federal regulations, indicating its composition, source, and 5) be accessible to inspection by (a) The producer or handler of a location(s) where it will be used, appropriate officials. production or handling operation, and documentation of commercial except as exempt or excluded under availability, as applicable; (5) A description of the management § 205.101, intending to sell, label, or practices and physical barriers estab- represent agricultural products as (3) A description of the monitoring lished to prevent commingling of “100 percent organic,” “organic,” practices and procedures to be per- organic and nonorganic products or “made with organic (specified formed and maintained, including on a split operation and to prevent ingredients or food group(s))” must the frequency with which they will contact of organic production and develop an organic production or be performed, to verify that the plan handling operations and products handling system plan that is agreed is effectively implemented; with prohibited substances; and to by the producer or handler and (4) A description of the recordkeep- (6) Additional information deemed an accredited certifying agent. An ing system implemented to comply necessary by the certifying agent organic system plan must meet the with the requirements established to evaluate compliance with the requirements set forth in this section in § 205.103;* regulations. for organic production or handling. An organic production or handling * §205.103 deals with the require- (b) A producer may substitute a plan system plan must include: ments for recordkeeping by certi- prepared to meet the requirements fied operators. Records must: 1) be of another Federal, State, or local (1) A description of practices and well-adapted to the business being government regulatory program for procedures to be performed and conducted, 2) disclose all activities the organic system plan: Provided, maintained, including the frequency and transactions in adequate detail, That, the submitted plan meets all with which they will be performed; 3) be maintained for not less than five the requirements of this subpart.www.attra.ncat.org ATTRA Page 3
  4. 4. Organic Farm PlanPlease fill out this questionnaire if you are requesting organic farm/crop certification. Use additional sheets ifnecessary. Sign this form. You must submit farm maps and field history sheets with this form. Attach all othersupporting documents (soil, tissue or water tests, rented or recently purchased land histories, etc.) outlined in section9 of this questionnaire. This form or an update form may be used to update certification, according to certifying agentpolicies.SECTION 1: General Information NOP Rule 205.401Name Farm Name Type of Farm/CropsAddress City For office use only Date receivedState Zip code Date Date reviewed Reviewer initialsPhone Fax Fees received Email InspectorLegal status: Sole proprietorship Trust or non-profit Corporation Cooperative Legal partnership (federal form 1065) Other (specify)Year first List previous organic List current organic Year when complete Organic Farm Plancertified certification by other certification by Questionnaire was last submitted agencies other agenciesList all crops or products requested for certification.Have you ever been denied If yes, describe the circumstances:certification? Yes NoDo you understand the Do you have a copy of current organic standards? Yes Nocurrent organic Do you have a copy of current OMRI Materials List? Yes Nostandards? Yes NoDo you intend to certify any livestock (slaughter stock, dairy, or layers) this year? Yes No If yes, have you filled out an Organic Livestock Plan Questionnaire? Yes NoPlease note that you must have an Organic Livestock Plan Questionnaire on file to certify any livestock. Contact the certifyingagent to obtain an Organic Livestock Plan Questionnaire.Do you have any off-farm or on-farm processing done? (cleaning, bagging, bottling, etc.) Yes No If yes, have you filled out an Organic Handling Plan Questionnaire? Yes NoPlease note that you must have an Organic Handling Plan Questionnaire on file to certify the processing/handling portion ofyour operation. Contact the certifying agent with your questions or to obtain an Organic Handling Plan Questionnaire.Give directions to your farm for the inspector.When are you available to contact? Morning Afternoon EveningWhen are you available for the inspection? Morning Afternoon EveningOrganic Farm Plan Page 1 of 20
  5. 5. SECTION 2: Farm Plan Information NOP Rule 205.201(a) and 205.202(a) and (b)Please complete the table below and attach updated field history sheets that show all fields [organic (O), in transition (T) orconventional (C)], field numbers, acres, crops planted, projected yields and inputs applied. The acreages listed in this table mustequal field histories and maps. Pastures are considered a crop and must be listed on each form. At least 36 months of historiesare required for all fields. CROPS REQUESTED FOR CERTIFICATION FIELD NUMBERS TOTAL ACRES PER CROP PROJECTED YIELDS (VOLUME)Have you managed all fields for 3 or more years? Yes NoIf no, you must submit signed statements from the previous manager stating the use and all inputs applied during the previous 3years on all newly rented or purchased fields.Are all fields requested for certification located at the main address listed in Section 1? Yes NoComplete this information for main farm address and each parcel that is in a separate location from the main farmaddress. NUMBER OF ACRES: ORGANIC (O), RENTED (R) FIELD NUMBERS PARCEL ADDRESS/ TRANSITIONAL (T), CONVENTIONAL (C) OR LEGAL DESCRIPTION O T C OWNED (O)SECTION 3: Seeds and Seed Treatments NOP Rule 205.204NOP Rule requires the use of organically grown seeds, unless the variety is not commercially available. If using non-organicseeds, you must have records of your attempts to source organic seed. Synthetic seed treatments are prohibited unlessincluded on the National List. Genetically engineered/modified (GMO) seeds and inoculants are prohibited in organic production.NOP Rule uses the phrase "excluded methods" to refer to GMO products. Please save all seed and inoculant labels, anddocumentation of commercial unavailability of organic seeds to show the inspector.List all seeds used or planned for use in the current season. Check the appropriate boxes and provide other information asneeded. Attach additional sheets if necessary. No seeds used All seeds are organic Some untreated seed used No GMO seeds purchased/planted ORGANIC UNTREATED TREATED GMO TYPE/BRAND OF TREATMENT WHAT ATTEMPTS DID YOU MAKE TO USESEED/VARIETY/BRAND ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) FUNGICIDE INOCULANT ORGANIC/UNTREATED SEED?Organic Farm Plan Page 2 of 20
  6. 6. SECTION 4: Source of Seedlings and Perennial Stock NOP Rule 205.204Annual seedlings must be produced according to organic standards. Non-organic perennial plants (planting stock) must bemanaged organically for at least one year prior to harvest of crop or sale of the plant as certified organic planting stock. Organicseedlings and planting stock must be used if commercially available. Contact the certifying agent if you need to use non-organicseedlings because of an emergency. A prohibited treatment may be used if such treatment is a Federal or State phytosanitaryrequirement.A. DO YOUR PURCHASE ORGANIC SEEDLINGS? Yes No Not applicableWho are the suppliers?If certified, by which agents?Do you purchase non-organic seedlings? Yes No If yes, state why and describe your attempts to purchase organic seedlings.B. IF YOU GROW ORGANIC SEEDLINGS ON-FARM: Not applicableWhat type and size is your greenhouse?Do you raise potted plants or plant crops directly in the ground in the greenhouse?If treated wood is used in any part of your greenhouse, where is it used?List all soil mix ingredients, fertility products, foliar sprays, and/or pest and disease inputs used or planned for use inyour organic greenhouse operation. Attach labels or have labels available for inspection, as applicable. STATUS: APPROVED (A) PRODUCT BRAND NAME OR SOURCE RESTRICTED ® IF RESTRICTED, DESCRIBE COMPLIANCE WITH CHECK IF PROHIBITED (P) NOP RULE ANNOTATION GMO (What equipment do you use in your watering system?How do you prevent seedling diseases and/or insect problems?Organic Farm Plan Page 3 of 20
  7. 7. C. IF YOU GROW BOTH ORGANIC AND NON-ORGANIC PLANTS IN YOUR GREENHOUSE: Not applicableWhat organic and non-organic crops are grown? List varieties if the same organic and non-organic corps are grown (parallelproduction).How do you separate and identify organic and non-organic growing areas?How do you label organic and non-organic seedlings/plants?List all soil mix ingredients, fertility products, foliar sprays, water system additives, and/or pest and disease inputsused or planned for use in your non-organic greenhouse operation. Attach labels or have labels available for the inspector,as applicable. STATUS: APPROVED (A) CHECK IF PRODUCT BRAND NAME OR SOURCE RESTRICTED ® IF RESTRICTED, DESCRIBE COMPLIANCE WITH GMO PROHIBITED (P) NOP RULE ANNOTATION ( )How do you prevent commingling of organic and non-organic soil mixes during mixing and storage?Where do you store inputs used for non-organic production?How do you prevent drift of prohibited materials through ventilation and/or watering systems?How do you clean seedling containers and equipment?D. PLANTING STOCK: (Use additional sheets if necessary) Not applicable NON- IF NON- IF NON-ORGANIC, IF NON-ORGANIC, DESCRIBE TYPE PLANTING STOCK ORGANIC ORGANIC ORGANIC, DATE EXPECTED ATTEMPTS TO OBTAIN ORGANIC SOURCE ( ) ( ) PLANTED HARVEST DATE PLANTING STOCKOrganic Farm Plan Page 4 of 20
  8. 8. SECTION 5: Soil and Crop Fertility Management NOP Rule 205.203 and 205.205A. GENERAL INFORMATION AND EVALUATION:What are your general soil types?What are your soil/nutrient deficiencies? No deficienciesHow do you monitor the effectiveness of your fertility management program? soil testing microbiological testing tissue testing observation of soil observation of crop health comparison of crop yields crop quality testing other (specify)Attach copies of available test results.How often do you conduct fertility monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Rate the effectiveness of your fertility management program. excellent satisfactory needs improvement What changes do you anticipate?What are the major components of your soil and crop fertility plan? crop rotation green manure plowdown/cover crops interplanting incorporation of crop residues subsoiling summer fallow compost on-farm manure off-farm manure soil amendments side dressing foliar fertilizers biodynamic preparations soil inoculants other (specify)List all fertility inputs used or intended for use in the current season on proposed organic and transitional fields. Allinputs used during the current year and previous three years must be listed on the Field History Sheet. Not applicable STATUS: APPROVED (A) NUMBER OF PRODUCT BRAND NAME OR SOURCE RESTRICTED (R) APPLICATIONS REASON FOR USE PROHIBITED (P) PER YEARIf you use or plan to use restricted (R) fertility inputs, how do you comply with the "annotation"? Not applicableIf you use fertilizers with high salt content (sodium nitrate, potassium sulfate, etc.), how do you prevent salt build-up? Not applicableDo you burn crop residues? Yes No If yes, please describe what materials are burned and why.Do you apply sewage sludge to fields? Yes No If yes, list fields where applied.Organic Farm Plan Page 5 of 20
  9. 9. B. COMPOST USE:NOP Rule 205.203(c)(2) requires that the composting process include a C:N ration of between 25:1 and 40:1 and maintenanceof temperatures between 131ºF. and 170ºF for a specific number of days, depending on the method of composting. Keep acompost production record to verify compliance.List all compost ingredients/additives. Not applicableWhat composting method do you use? in-vessel static aerated pile windrows other (specify)What is your C:N ratio?Do you monitor temperature? Yes No If yes, what temperature is maintained.How long is this temperature maintained?If compost is windrowed, how many times are materials turned?C. MANURE USE:NOP Rule 205.203(c)(1) requires that raw manure be fully composted unless applied to fields with crops not for humanconsumption or incorporated into the soil 120 days prior to harvest for crops whose edible portions has direct contact with thesoil, or 90 days prior to harvest for all other crops for human consumption.What forms of manure do you use? none liquid semi-solid piled fully composted other (specify)What types of crops do you grow? Check all boxes that apply. crops not used for human consumption crops for human consumption whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil or soil particles crops for human consumption whose edible portion does not have direct contact with the soil or soil particlesIf you grow crops for human consumption and use raw manure, complete the following table. If composting manure,please fill out Section B above. DATE MANURE IS EXPECTED DATE OF CROP(S) FIELD NUMBERS APPLIED HARVESTWhat is the source of the manure you use? on-farm off-farm Not applicableList all sources of off-farm manure.List all manure ingredients/additives.If you use manure, what are the potential contaminants (pit additives, feed additives, pesticides, antibiotics, heavymetals, etc.) from these sources? Attach residue analysis/additive specifications for manure, if available.Organic Farm Plan Page 6 of 20
  10. 10. D. NATURAL RESOURCES:NOP Rule 205.2 defines Organic Production as a production system managed in accordance with the Act and its regulations torespond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources,promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. NOP Rule 205.200 and 205.203(a) requires that production practicesmaintain or improve natural resources (soil and water quality, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife) of the operation.–Biodiversity Management: Whole Farm Biodiversity Considerations.Does your field map include features such as hedgerows, woodlands, wetlands, riparian zones, and special habitats? Yes NoList native plants present, and/or wildlife seen moving through farm: (note priority species)What steps do you take to plan/provide for biodiversity conservation? understand farm’s location within watershed ascertain what native plants and animals existed on the land before it was a farm learn about regional natural areas and conservation priorities work with neighbors/others to enhance biodiversity (connectivity, restoration, etc.) other (describe/explain)How do you manage water for the needs of crops/livestock, native species and riparian ecosystems? plant regionally appropriate crops  conserve water manage water for priority species retain/restore vegetated riparian buffers/wetlands protect/improve natural hydrology/ecological function of riparian area other (describe/explain)–Biodiversity Management: Uncultivated Area Biodiversity.What actions do you take to provide habitat for pollinators, insect predators, birds and bats? bird/bat/bee boxes hedgerows/windbreaks maintain/provide natural roosting/nesting/foraging sites other (describe/explain)How are you restoring and/or protecting natural areas? manage for native plants/wildlife specific to the site preserve/restore wildlife corridors establish legal conservation areas native habitats not converted to farmland since certification  other (describe/explain)List problem invasives:What actions do you take to control invasive plant/animal species, especially those threatening natural areas? learn about invasives use weed- and pest-free seed/planting stock/soil amendments/mulches monitor for new introductions and control immediately suppress invasives using organic methods other (describe/explain)–Biodiversity Management: Cropland Area Biodiversity.How do you conserve and provide habitat for wildlife? companion planting/intercropping crop diversity wildlife-friendly fences manage fallow fields for wildlife other (describe/explain)How do you schedule farm practices to benefit wildlife? avoid nests during breeding season stagger mowing/tilling practices plan fields to leave food/cover for wildlife other (describe/explain)–Biodiversity Management: When Livestock are Involved.How do you protect riparian areas and sensitive habitats? fence without impacting wildlife control sensitive area access prevent bank erosion animals fed away from water other (describe/explain)Organic Farm Plan Page 7 of 20
  11. 11. What are you doing to improve your pasture or rangeland? prevent overgrazing reseed trampled/eroded areas plant native pasture  active grazing management system prescribed burning other (describe/explain)What wildlife-friendly management practices do you use? guard animals grazing scheduled when predation pressure low livestock spend night in protected area circumstances of livestock death documented other (describe/explain)List problems with predators or other wildlife:Have you assessed the farm for biodiversity problems and greatest opportunities, and developed goals an a timelinefor biodiversity conservation? Yes No (If yes, describe/explain)How do you monitor farm biodiversity? visually species counts other (describe/explain)–Biodiversity Management: Wild Harvest Enterprises.How do you maintain or improve the sustainability of the harvested species? harvest from stable populations minimize disruption of priority species/sensitive habitats avoid erosion allow re-establishment monitor wild crop sustainability other (describe/explain)–Soil ConservationWhat soil conservation practices are used? terraces contour farming strip cropping winter cover crops undersowing/interplanting conservation tillage permanent waterways windbreaks firebreaks tree lines retention ponds riparian management maintain wildlife habitat other (specify)What soil erosion problems do you experience (why and on which fields)? noneDescribe your efforts to minimize soil erosion problems listed above.Describe how you monitor the effectiveness of your soil conservation program.How often do you conduct conservation monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)WATER USE: none irrigation livestock foliar sprays washing crops greenhouse other (specify)Source of water: on-site well(s) river/creek/pond spring municipal/county irrigation district other (specify)Attach current water tests for nitrates and coliform bacteria, per certifying agent policy.Type of irrigation system: none drip flood center pivot other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 8 of 20
  12. 12. What input products are applied through the irrigation system? noneWhat products do you use to clean irrigation lines/nozzles? noneIs the system shared with another operator? Yes No If yes, what products do they use?Is the system flushed and documented between conventional and organic use? Yes NoWhat practices are used to protect water quality? fencing livestock from waterways scheduled use of water to conserve its use tensiometer/monitoring laser leveling/land forming drip irrigation micro-spray sediment basin compost/fertilizer stored away from water other (specify)List known contaminants in water supplies in your area. Attach residue analysis and/or salinity test results, if applicable.Describe your efforts to minimize water contamination problems listed above. Not applicableDescribe how you monitor the effectiveness of your water quality program.How often do you conduct water quality monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 9 of 20
  13. 13. SECTION 6: Crop Management NOP Rule 205.205 and 205.206NOP Rule requires a crop rotation plan that maximizes soil organic matter content, prevents weed, pest, and disease problems, andmanages deficient or excess plant nutrients. Your crop rotation may include sod, cover crops, green manure crops, and catch crops.Producers must utilize sanitation measures to remove disease vectors, weed seeds, and habitat for pests. Cultural practices, includingselection of plant species and varieties adapted to site-specific conditions, must be used to enhance crop health.Approved synthetic materials on the National List 205.601 may only be used when management practices are insufficient to prevent orcontrol problems. All weed, pest, and disease inputs must be approved. A "restricted" input has specific annotations for its use. If youuse a "restricted" material, you must provide evidence of how you address the materials annotation.A. CROP ROTATION PLANS: (Use one line for each rotation used) FIELD NUMBERS WHERE PLAN IS CROP ROTATION PLAN FOLLOWED ANTICIPATED CHANGESB. WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN: No weed problemsWhat are your problem weeds?What weed control methods do you use? crop rotation field preparation prevention of weed seed set delayed seeding monitoring soil temperature soil sterilization use of fast emerging varieties mechanical cultivation use of hand tools hand weeding mowing livestock grazing flame weeding steam weeding electrical smother crops black fallow non-synthetic mulch synthetic mulch corn gluten soap-based herbicides other (specify)Do you keep a record of how often you utilize these weed control methods, i.e., dates and fields when you cultivate orflame weed? Yes NoAll inputs used or intended for use during the current year and used in the previous three years must be listed on your FieldHistory Sheet.USE OF RESTRICTED WEED MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES: none usedIf you use plastic or other synthetic mulches, is the mulch removed at the end of the growing or harvest season? Yes No If no, why not?If you use corn gluten, is the corn genetically modified? Yes No If no, what verification do you have?If you use soap-based herbicides, list all areas where used.If you use newspaper or other recycled paper for mulch, do you use paper with glossy or colored inks? Yes NoEVALUATION:Rate the effectiveness of your weed management program: excellent satisfactory needs improvementWhat changes do you anticipate?How do you monitor the effectiveness of your weed management program? weed counts observation of weed types comparison of crop yields records kept of observations/counts other (specify)How often do you conduct weed monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 10 of 20
  14. 14. C. PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN: No pest problemsWhat are your problem pests? insects (list) rodents gophers birds other animals (specify)Do you work with a pest control advisor? Yes No If yes, give name and contact information.What strategies do you use to control pest damage to crops? none used crop rotation selection for plant species/varieties development of habitat for natural enemies timing of planting companion planting frog ponds bat houses bird houses hand picking monitoring trap crops physical barriers physical removal traps lures IPM insect repellents animal repellents release of predators/parasites of pest species use of approved products use of restricted products limited use of prohibited products other (specify)Do you keep a record of how often you utilize these pest control methods, i.e., dates when you scout or apply inputs toa specific field or crop? Yes NoList all pest control products used or intended for use in the current season on organic and transitional fields. Allinputs used or intended for use during the current year and in the previous three years must be listed on your Field HistorySheet. Not applicable STATUS: APPROVED (A) PEST PROBLEM CONTROL PRODUCT RESTRICTED (R) IF RESTRICTED, DESCRIBE COMPLIANCE WITH NOP CHECK IF PROHIBITED (P) RULE ANNOTATION GMO ( )EVALUATION:Rate the effectiveness of your pest management program? excellent satisfactory needs improvementWhat changes do you anticipate?How do you monitor the effectiveness of your pest management program? insect monitoring with traps observation of crop health comparison of crop yields crop quality testing monitoring records kept other (specify)Attach copies of your test results, if applicable.How often do you conduct pest monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 11 of 20
  15. 15. D. DISEASE MANAGEMENT PLAN: No disease problemsWhat are your problem crop diseases?What disease prevention strategies do you use? crop rotation field sanitation plant spacing selection of plant species/varieties timing of planting/cultivating vector management soil balancing solarization companion planting compost/tea use use of approved materials use of restricted materials limited use of prohibited materials other (specify)List all disease management inputs used or intended for use on your organic and transitional fields/crops. All inputsused or intended for use during the current year and used in the previous three years must be listed on your Field History Sheet. Not applicable STATUS: APPROVED (A) CHECK IF DISEASE PROBLEM CONTROL PRODUCT RESTRICTED (R) IF RESTRICTED, DESCRIBE COMPLIANCE WITH GMO PROHIBITED (P) NOP RULE ANNOTATION ( )EVALUATION:Rate the effectiveness of your disease management program? excellent satisfactory needs improvementWhat changes do you anticipate?How do you monitor the effectiveness of your pest management program? soil testing microbiological testing observation of soil observation of crop health comparison of crop yields crop quality testing monitoring records kept other (specify)Attach copies of your test results, if applicable.How often do you conduct pest monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 12 of 20
  16. 16. SECTION 7: Maintenance of Organic Integrity NOP Rule 205.201(a)(5) and 205.202(c)A. ADJOINING LAND USE:NOP RULE requires that organic production areas have distinct boundaries and buffer zones to prevent the unintendedapplication of a prohibited substance or contact with a prohibited substance that is applied to adjoining land not under organicmanagement. Adjoining land includes crop land, pastures, residential property, fallow land, etc. Buffer areas may changeannually, depending on contamination potential from adjoining land uses. The width of the minimum buffer is dependent oncertifying agent policy. The NOP Rule requires that the buffer must be sufficient in size or other features (windbreaks, diversionditches) to prevent the unintended contact by prohibited substances applied to adjacent land areas. Crops within the requiredbuffer must be left unharvested or harvested, stored, and disposed of as nonorganic crop, with records kept of crop disposition.Indicate buffer zones and show all adjoining land uses on your field maps.List specific buffer areas you maintain. (Show all adjoining land uses on your field maps.) Not applicable TYPE OF BUFFER IF CROP IS HARVESTED FROM LOCATION OR (CROP LAND, TREELINE, WIDTH OF ADJOINING LAND USE BUFFER, DESCRIBE USE (SALE, FIELD NUMBER HEDGEROW, WILDLIFE BUFFER NON-ORGANIC LIVESTOCK FEED, PLANTING, GRASS STRIP) SEED, ETC.)If crops are harvested from the buffer zones with equipment used for harvesting organic crops, what safeguards doyou use to protect organic crops from contact with buffer crops during harvest?What additional safeguards do you use to prevent accidental contamination? none Written notification to: highway departments electric companies aerial spray companies/airports adjoining landowners drainage commissions farm service office other (specify)Have you posted "No Spray" signs along roadsides that adjoin organic fields? Yes NoDo any fields or portions of fields flood frequently? (more than once every ten years) Yes No If yes, list field numbersHow do you monitor for crop contamination? visual observation residue analysis GMO testing photographs wind direction/speed data other (specify)How often do you conduct crop contamination monitoring? weekly monthly annually as needed other (specify)Do you grow the same crops organically, as well as in transition, and/or conventionally? Yes NoThis is called parallel production. If yes, list specific crop varieties in the next table for both organic andtransitional/conventional crops.Organic Farm Plan Page 13 of 20
  17. 17. If you grow any conventional or transitional crops, please fill out the following tables. Not applicable TRANSITIONAL (T) CHECK PLANNED USE OF CROP SAME AS SPECIFIC FIELD NUMBERS OR IF GMO TOTAL (SALE, SEED, NONORGANIC ORGANIC CROPS/VARIETIES CONVENTIONAL © ( ) ACREAGE LIVESTOCK FEED, ETC.) CROP? Y OR NProhibited soil amendments used on conventional crops: PRODUCT NAME WHO APPLIES? FIELD NUMBERS WHERE STORED? (ON-FARM OR OFF-FARM; SELF (S) OR CUSTOM © WHERE APPLIED WHERE ON FARM?)Prohibited herbicides/pesticides used on conventional crops: PRODUCT NAME WHO APPLIES? FIELD NUMBERS WHERE APPLIED WHERE STORED? (ON-FARM OR OFF-FARM; SELF (S) OR CUSTOM (C) WHERE ON FARM?)B. EQUIPMENT:To prevent commingling and contamination, all equipment used in organic crop production must be free of non-organic cropsand prohibited materials, Equipment used for both organic and non-organic farming must be cleaned and flushed prior to use onorganic fields or crops. Keep records of equipment clean and flush activities.List equipment used for planting, tillage, spraying, and harvesting. Not applicable EQUIPMENT NAME OWNED (O), RENTED CHECK IF USED ON BOTH ORGANIC HOW IS EQUIPMENT CLEANED BEFORE USE ON (R), OR CUSTOM (C) AND CONVENTIONAL ( ) ORGANIC FIELDS? EQUIPMENT NAME OWNED (O), RENTED CHECK IF USED ON BOTH ORGANIC HOW IS EQUIPMENT CLEANED BEFORE USE ON CONTINUED (R), OR CUSTOM (C) AND CONVENTIONAL ( ) ORGANIC FIELDS?Organic Farm Plan Page 14 of 20
  18. 18. Is your equipment maintained so that fuel, oil and hydraulic fluid do not leak? Yes No Not applicableIf you use a sprayer: What type? Did you purchase it new or used? new usedOther equipment: Could any equipment you use have been contaminated by previous uses? Yes No If yes, describe:C. HARVEST:NOP Rule 205.272(b)(1) and (2) requires that containers, bins, and packaging materials must not contain synthetic fungicides,preservatives, or fumigants. All reusable containers must be thoroughly cleaned and pose no risk of contamination prior to use.How are your organic crops harvested? mechanical by handAre any organic crops custom harvested? Yes No If yes, provide name and address of custom harvester.Describe steps taken to protect organic crops from commingling and contamination during harvest.What containers are used for harvesting? gravity wagons/boxes truck boxes cardboard/waxed boxes wooden totes plastic containers other (specify)Are containers new or used? new used If used, what did they contain prior to organic use?Are the containers used for organic crops only? Yes NoDescribe potential contamination or commingling problems you have with harvest of organic crops. noneOrganic Farm Plan Page 15 of 20
  19. 19. D. POST-HARVEST HANDLING: Not applicableNOP Rule 205.201(a)(5) requires that post-harvest handling procedures do not contaminate organic products with non-organiccrops or prohibited materials. For on-farm processing, you may need to complete an Organic Handling Plan Questionnaire.Describe your post-harvest handling procedures and equipment.Is the processing area and equipment used for both organic and non-organic products? Yes No If yes, describe steps taken to prevent commingling and contamination.Does packaging present any contamination problems for your organic products? Yes No If yes, what are they?Check types of packaging material used: bulk paper cardboard wood glass metal foil plastic waxed paper aseptic natural fiber synthetic fiber other (specify)In what form are finished products shipped? dry bulk liquid bulk tote bags tote boxes paper bags foil bags metal drums mesh bags cardboard drums cardboard cases plastic crates other (specify)E. CROP STORAGE: No organic crop storageOperators must keep organic and non-organic crops in separate storage areas and prevent commingling and contamination.Storage records must be maintained.Describe your storage locations.STORAGE ID # TYPE OF CROPS STORED TYPE OF STORAGE CAPACITY/SIZE ORGANIC (O), TRANSITIONAL (T), BUFFER (B), CONVENTIONAL (C)Do you use the same storage areas for organic, transitional, buffer, and/or conventional crops. Yes No If yes, how do you segregate organic crops from non-organic crops?How do you clean storage units prior to storage of organic crops?How do you prevent/control insect pests in crop storage areas? No insect problemsHow do you control rodents in crop storage areas? No rodent problemsWhat stored crop inputs have you used in the last three years? none synthetic fumigants rodenticides sprouting inhibitors ripeners growth regulators preservatives oils coloring agents waxes other (specify)Are any stored crop inputs used or planned for use on organic crops? Yes No If yes, specify input and retain labels.Organic Farm Plan Page 16 of 20
  20. 20. F. TRANSPORTATION: Not applicableWho is responsible for arranging transportation of organic products? self buyer other (specify)Describe how organic products are transported.What potential contamination or commingling problems do you have with the transport of organic crops? noneWhat steps are taken to protect the integrity of organic products during transport? dedicated organic only inspecting transport units prior to loading cleaning transport units prior to loading use of Clean Truck Affidavits letter/contract with transport company stating organic requirements other (specify)Organic Farm Plan Page 17 of 20
  21. 21. SECTION 8: Record Keeping System NOP Rule 205.103NOP Rule requires that records disclose all activities and transactions of the operation, be maintained for 5 years, and demonstratecompliance with the NOP Rule. Organic products must be tracked back to the field/location where they were produced/harvested. Allrecords must be accessible to the inspector.A. RECORDS: Please have these records available for the inspector.Which of the following records do you keep for organic production? field maps field activity log(s) field history sheets (previous three years) documentation of previous land use for rented and/or newly purchased land input records for soil amendments, seeds, manure, foliar sprays, and pest control products (keep all labels) documentation of attempts to source organic seeds and/or planting stock documentation of organic seedlings residue analyses of inputs (i.e., manure sourced off-farm) compost production records monitoring records (soil tests, tissue tests, water tests, quality tests, observations) equipment cleaning records harvest records that show field numbers, date of harvest, and harvest amounts (including custom harvest records) label records storage records that show storage location, storage identification, field numbers, amounts stored, and cleaning activities clean transport records sales records (purchase order, contract, invoice, cash receipts, cash receipt journal, sales journal, etc.) shipping records (scale ticket, dump station ticket, bill of lading) Transaction Certificates audit control summary complaint log other (please specify)How long do you keep your records?Which of the following records do you keep for conventional production? Not applicable field maps labor records field history sheets storage records input records sales records harvest records shipping records other (specify)B. MARKETING:Type of Marketing: farmers market direct to retail CSA/subscription service wholesale on-farm retail bulk commodities to processor contract to buyer other (specify)Do you use or plan to use the USDA organic seal on product labels or market information? Yes NoDo you use or plan to use the seal of the certifying agent on product labels or market information? Yes NoAttach copies of all organic product labels.Organic Farm Plan Page 18 of 20
  22. 22. SECTION 9: AffirmationI affirm that all statements made in this application are true and correct. No prohibited products have been applied to any of myorganically managed fields during the three-year period prior to projected harvest. I understand that the operation may besubject to unannounced inspection and/or sampling for residues at any time as deemed appropriate to ensure compliance withthe Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and National Organic Program Rules and Regulations. I understand that acceptanceof this questionnaire in no way implies granting of certification by the certifying agent. I agree to provide further information asrequired by the certifying agent.Signature of Operator Date ___________________I have attached the following documents: Maps of all parcels/fields (showing adjoining land use and field identification) Field history sheets Documentation for fields owned or rented for less than three years, if applicable Water test, if applicable Soil and/or plant tissue tests, if applicable Residue analyses, if applicable Input product labels, if applicable Organic product labels, if applicable I have made copies of this questionnaire and other supporting documents for my own records. Submit completed form, fees, and supporting documents to:Organic Farm Plan Page 19 of 20
  23. 23. FIELD HISTORY SHEETInstructions: Fill out this Field History Sheet for all fields (organic, transitional, and conventional). You can use your own form as long as itcontains the same information. List all inputs used or planned for use, including compost and/or manure. Inputs that have already been appliedmust include the rate and date of application unless you are keeping separate input records. Keep copies for your files. This form shouldaccompany your Organic Farm Plan or Organic Farm Plan Update form.Code: O = Organic; T = In Transition/Conversion to Organic; C = Conventional Producer Name Code Field ACRES/ Year Year Year Year No. ha. Crop I n puts Crop Inputs Crop Inputs Crop InputsOrganic Farm Plan Page 20 of 20
  24. 24. Organic Farm Plan UpdateThis form should be filled out by crop producers to update their organic farm system plans. Use additional sheets ifnecessary. Attach a field history sheet for current year, updated farm maps (if any changes), and other records required bythe certifying agent. SECTION 1: General Information NOP Rule 205.406(a)(2) and 205.401(b) Name Farm Name Type of Farm/Crops Address City For office Use Only Date received St./Prov. Postal/Zip Code Country Date reviewed Reviewer Phone Fax E-mail Legal Status: Sole Proprietorship Trust or non-profit Corporation Organic Certification No. Cooperative Legal Partnership (federal form 1065) Other-specify Year first List previous organic certification by List current organic certification Do you understand current certified other agencies by other agencies organic standards? yes no Have you ever been denied If yes, describe the reasons for denial and attach documentation of corrective Certification? yes no actions. Preferred dates and time for inspection visit: morning afternoon evening SECTION 2: Minor Noncompliances NOP Rule 205.406(a)(3) Did you have any minor noncompliances from last years certification? yes no If yes, please complete the following table, listing each minor non-compliance. Minor Noncompliance Describe how you addressed the minor noncompliance. SECTION 3: Organic Plan Update NOP Rule 205.406(a)(1) A. Current crop plans Please complete the following table for all current years crops or products requested for certification. Crops Requested for Certification Field Numbers Total Acres/Hectares Projected YieldsOrganic Farm Plan Update Page 1 of 5
  25. 25. B. Organic Farm Plan Changes What year did you last submit a complete Organic Farm Plan Questionnaire? Have you reviewed your Organic Farm Plan Questionnaire? yes no Date of review: Check the following categories where changes have been made in your Organic Farm Plan and summarize all changes made or planned to be made. Attach additional sheets if necessary. No changes Farm Plan Topic Summary Statement of Changes General information Newly purchased or rented fields* Farm maps Seeds and seed treatments Seedlings and perennial stock Soil fertility management Compost or manure use Conservation practices Water quality and use Crop rotation Weed management plan Pest management plan Disease management plan Adjoining land use and buffers Split or parallel operation Equipment Harvest plan Post-harvest handling Crop storage Crop transportation Record keeping system Type of marketing/product labels* If you have newly purchased land or have rented land this year that is being requested for certification, attach a signedstatement from the previous owner (if purchased) or current owner (if renting) attesting to previous 3 year history andinputs applied. C. Inputs List all seeds used or planned for use in the current crop season. Check the appropriate boxes and provide other information as needed. Attach additional sheets if necessary. Have all labels and receipts available for the inspector. Seed/Variety/Brand Organic Untreated Treated GMO Type/Brand of Treatment Describe your attempts to ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) Fungicide Inoculant use organic/untreated seed?Organic Farm Plan Update Page 2 of 5
  26. 26. List all fertility inputs, soil mix ingredients, pest and disease control products, water additives, or other inputs used or intended for use in the current season on proposed organic and transitional fields. Use additional sheets if necessary. All inputs used during the current year must be listed on your Field History Sheet. Have all labels and receipts available for the inspector. No inputs used Status: Approved (A) Check if Product Brand name or Restricted (R) If restricted, describe compliance with NOP GMO source Prohibited (P) Rule Annotation ( ) D. Monitoring Practices and Procedures Ongoing monitoring is required by the NOP Rule Section 205.201(a)(3). Fertility Management Program Rate the effectiveness of your fertility management program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program. Natural Resource Management Rate the effectiveness of your soil conservation program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program. Rate the effectiveness of your water quality program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program. Weed, Pest, and Disease Management Rate the effectiveness of your weed management program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program. Rate the effectiveness of your pest management program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program. Rate the effectiveness of your disease management program: excellent satisfactory needs improvement Describe any changes you have made or intend to make based on the results of your monitoring program.Organic Farm Plan Update Page 3 of 5
  27. 27. Other Monitoring: Indicate if you conduct monitoring in the following areas: Maintenance of Organic Integrity yes no Adjoining land uses, buffers, notification letters, posting signs yes no Input equipment cleaning (sprayers, planters, etc.) yes no Harvest equipment cleaning yes no Crop testing for contaminants (prohibited materials, GMOs) yes no Post harvest handling yes no Crop storage cleaning yes no Transportation of organic crops Recordkeeping yes no Compost production records yes no Labor records yes no Appropriate Organic Certificates or Transaction Certificates to verify purchase of organic products yes no Complaint log Section 4 Annual Summary of Organic Crop Yield and Sales NOP Section 205.103 The following organic crops/products have been sold from ___________(date) to ____________(date). Remaining Crops/Products # of Acres Actual Yield Amount Sold Amount Left to Sell Crop Storage ID #Expand table or attach additional sheets as necessary. Section 5 AffirmationI affirm that all statements made in this application are true and correct. No prohibited products have been applied to any of myorganically managed fields during the three-year period prior to projected harvest. I understand that the operation may be subject tounannounced inspection and/or sampling for residues at any time as deemed appropriate to ensure compliance with the NOP Rule. Iunderstand that acceptance of this questionnaire in no way implies granting of certification by the certifying agent. I agree to followthe NOP Rule.Signature of Operator ______________________________________________________________________ Date______________I have attached the following documents: Updated maps of all parcels/fields (showing adjoining land use and field identification) Field history sheets for current crops Documentation for fields owned or rented for less than three years, if applicable Water test, if applicable Soil and/or plant tissue tests, if applicable Residue analyses, if applicable Input product labels, if applicable Organic product labels, if applicable I have made copies of this questionnaire and other supporting documents for my own records.Organic Farm Plan Update Page 4 of 5
  28. 28. FIELD HISTORY SHEETInstructions: Fill out this Field History Sheet for all fields (organic, transitional, and conventional). You can use your own form as long as it contains the same information. List allinputs used or planned for use, including compost and/or manure. Inputs that have already been applied must include the rate and date of application unless you are keepingseparate input records. Keep copies for your files. This form should accompany your Organic Farm Plan or Organic Farm Plan Update form.Code: O = Organic; T = In Transition/Conversion to Organic; C = Conventional Producer Name Code Field Acres/ Year Year Year Year No. ha. Crop I n puts Crop Inputs Crop Inputs Crop InputsOrganic Farm Plan Update Page 5 of 5
  29. 29. Organic Livestock Production PlanPlease fill out this questionnaire if you are requesting organic livestock certification. Use additional sheets ifnecessary. Sign this form. In most instances, you must also complete and submit an Organic Farm Plan. This form oran update form may be used to update certification, according to certifying agent policies.SECTION 1: General Information NOP Rule 205.401Name Farm Name Type of OperationAddress City For office use only Date receivedState Zip code Date Date reviewed Reviewer initialsPhone Fax Fees received Email InspectorLegal status: Sole proprietorship Trust or non-profit Corporation Cooperative Legal partnership (federal form 1065) Other (specify)Year first List previous organic List current organic certification bycertified certification by other other agencies agencies1) Is your farm operation: 100% organic a split operation (both organic and conventional production)2) Indicate livestock enterprises requested for certification. dairy goats hogs beef poultry for slaughter other__________________ sheep egg production other__________________3) Have you ever been denied certification? Yes No a) If yes, describe the circumstances, including the certification agent involved, the reason certification was denied, and anysteps taken:4) Has your certification ever been revoked or suspended? Yes No a) If yes, please explain.5) Do you have an updated copy of the NOP regulations? Yes No6) Do you have copies of all other standards (IFOAM, JAS, etc.) for which you are seeking certification? Yes No Not applicable______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 1 of 19
  30. 30. 7) Do you intend to certify any crops, cropland, or pasture acreage this year? Yes No a) If yes, have you also completed an Organic System Plan for crops? Yes No Please note that you must submit an Organic System Plan for crops to certify any land or crops including pasture. Contact the certifying agent to obtain the necessary application forms.8) Is any off-farm or on-farm processing done (slaughtering, packaging, bottling, etc.)? Yes No a) If yes, have you submitted and Organic Handling System Plan? Yes No Please note that you must submit an Organic Handling System Plan to certify the processing/handling portion of your operation. Contact the certifying agent with your questions or to obtain the necessary application forms.9) Give directions to your farm for the inspector.10) When are you available to contact? Morning Afternoon Evening11) When are you available for the inspection? Morning Afternoon EveningSECTION 2: Prior Non compliances NOP Rule 205.406(a)(3)1) Did you have any non-compliances from last year’s certification? Yes No Not applicable a) If yes, please complete the following table, listing each non-compliance. NON-COMPLIANCE DESCRIBE HOW YOU ADDRESSED THE NON-COMPLIANCEAttach additional sheet if needed.SECTION 3: Livestock Inventory Descriptions NOP Rule 205.2361) Provide the following information for the types and numbers of animals being raised for production this year. : Prior Noncompliances NOP Rule 205.406(a)(3) TYPE ORGANIC TRANSITIONAL* CONVENTIONAL**Dairy cattleDairy goatsDairy sheep __________________________Beef cattle______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 2 of 19
  31. 31. TYPE ORGANIC TRANSITIONAL* CONVENTIONAL** __________________________Meat goats __________________________Meat/wool sheep __________________________Hogs __________________________Chickens __________________________Turkeys(Other)(Other)*Dairy animals can be converted to organic milk production after 12 months, but milk from these animals is not organic duringthe conversion.**Neither conventional nor transitional animals can be used for organic production, except as breeding stock.SECTION 4: Origin of Organic Livestock NOP Rule 205.236A. Source of Mammalian Livestock Not applicable Livestock products that are to be sold or represented as organic must be from livestock under continuous organicmanagement from the last third of gestation. Except:• Milk or milk products must be from animals that have been under continuous organic management for at least 1 year prior to production. Exceptions might be made where a whole herd is converted to organic production.• Nonorganic breeder stock may be brought onto an organic operation at any time. However, if offspring from that stock are to be raised as organic, the breeder stock must be brought onto the operation prior to the last third of gestation.1) Do you raise organic slaughter animals on-farm? Yes No Not applicable2) Do you raise organic dairy replacement animals on-farm? Yes No Not applicable3) Do you raise organic fiber producing animals on-farm? Yes No Not applicable4) If you purchase any livestock, supply specific information: Not applicable IDENTIFICATIO DATE OF PROJECTED OR PURCHASE ORGANIC (O) CERTIFICATION AGENCY?TYPE OF LIVESTOCK N NO. /NAME PURCHASE ACTUAL BIRTHING SOURCE DATE CONVENTIONAL (C)Attach additional sheet if needed.______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 3 of 19
  32. 32. 5) If you are a dairy operation, what is your current plan for replacement stock? Not applicable purchase organic dairy animals % of total replacements___________ purchase conventional stock and transition them to organic % of total replacements___________ raise own organic replacements % of total replacements___________ other (please explain) % of total replacements___________B. Source of Poultry Not applicablePoultry or poultry products must be from poultry that have been under continuous organic management beginning no later thanthe second day of life.1) Do you hatch your own poultry on-farm? Yes No2) If you purchase your young poultry, supply specific information: Not applicable FLOCK NUMBER DATE OF PURCHASE AGE AT PURCHASE PROJECTED SOURCE TYPE OF POULTRY SLAUGHTER OR EGG PRODUCTION DATEAttach additional sheet if needed.______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 4 of 19
  33. 33. SECTION 5: Livestock Feed and Feed Supplements NOP Rule 205.237, .238(a)(2), .271, .272Organic livestock producers must provide livestock with a total feed ration that is organically produced and handled, includingpasture and forage. Nonsynthetic materials from any source and synthetic materials included on the National List may be usedas feed additives and supplements. Plastic pellets and feed formulas with urea, manure, or slaughter by-products are notallowed. Feed supplements or additives in amounts above those needed for adequate nutrition and health maintenance are notallowed. Save all purchased feed, feed supplement, and feed additive labels and receipts for the inspector.A. Feed 1) Feed ration table. STATUS: INGREDIENTS LIVESTOCK TYPE FEED OR RATION TYPE (HAY, SILAGE, ORGANIC (O) (SLAUGHTER, GRAIN MIX, ETC.) TRANSITIONAL (T) CONVENTIONAL (C) REPLACEMENT DAIRY, YOUNG STOCK)Example: poultry Layer ration O Corn, soymeal, oats, hi-calcium limestone, nutri-balance mixExample: stocker cattle Baled hay O Mostly alfalfaAttach additional sheet if needed.______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 5 of 19
  34. 34. 2) Do you raise any feed on your farm? Yes No a) If yes, please list:3) Describe purchased feed: (Enter purchased supplements and additives in section B.) Not applicable TYPE SOURCES CERTIFIED BYAttach additional sheet if needed.4) How do you verify that the feed ration is sufficient to meet nutritional requirements?5) What is your plan for meeting livestock nutritional needs if you have a shortage of organic feed?B. Feed Supplements and Additives Not applicableFDA-approved vitamins and trace minerals, including copper sulfate and magnesium sulfate, and electrolytes are allowed feedadditives. Nonmilk products or products from BST treated animals are not allowed. Products produced through geneticengineering (GE) or with the use of irradiation or sewage sludge or not allowed.1) List all feed supplements and additives. Not applicable FEED SUPPLEMENT OR ADDITIVE SOURCE REASON FOR USEAttach additional sheet if needed.2) Do you use conventional supplemental milk replacers? Yes No(Note: Conventional milk replacers without antibiotics are allowed for emergency use only until October 21, 2007, and prohibitedthereafter.) a) If yes, how do you know they do not contain antibiotics and are not made with milk from rBST-treated animals?______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 6 of 19
  35. 35. C. Feed Storage1) How do you prevent contamination of stored livestock feed?2) How do you prevent commingling of organic and conventional stored feed? Not applicable3) How do you prevent or control rodents in organic feed storage areas? traps glue boards sanitation cats other (please explain)D. On-farm and Custom Feed Processing1) Do you process your own feed (mix, grind, roast, extrude, etc.)? Yes No Please note: If you process organic feed for other producers or handlers, you must submit an Organic Handling Plan and become certified as an Organic Handler. a) If yes, is the equipment also used for nonorganic products? Yes No b) If yes, how is the equipment cleaned prior to processing organic feed to prevent commingling of organic and nonorganic? swept out compressed air vacuumed purged other (please explain) c) If purged, do you maintain records of dates, product, and purged amounts? Yes No2) Is any of your feed custom processed? Yes No a) If yes, is the operator certified organic? Yes No b) If yes, provide the name and contact information of the processor.SECTION 6: Water NOP Rule 205.201, .2391) What are your sources of water for livestock use? on-site well municipal river/creek/pond spring other (specify):2) Are there immediate contamination threats to your water source(s), i.e. pesticide or fertilizer Yes Norun off, industrial pollution, etc.? a) If yes, please describe the threat and the steps you are taking to mitigate the threat.3) Water testing is advisable. What is the date of your last water test for coliform bacteria and nitrates? (Attach copy if available)4) If you use additives in the water, list them and state reason for use: No additives used5) If livestock have access to a river, creek, or pond how do you control erosion and protect water quality? No access______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 7 of 19
  36. 36. SECTION 7: Living Conditions NOP Rule 205.201, .206(f), .239Organic livestock operations must establish and maintain livestock living conditions which accommodate the health and naturalbehavior of animals. Animal environments must include access to shade, shelter, fresh air, outdoors, exercise areas, and directsunlight suitable to the species, production stage, and climate; clean and dry bedding as appropriate to the system; and facilitydesign which is safe and allows for natural behavior. Manure must be managed such that nutrient recycling is optimized andsoil and water degradation is minimized.1) Describe housing used: All facilities and outdoor livestock areas should be indicated on attached maps. TYPE OF HOUSING AND MAP DESIGNATION SIZE (LENGTH X WIDTH) TYPE OF LIVESTOCK HOUSED NUMBER OF ANIMALS HOUSEDAttach additional sheet if needed.2) Is bedding used? Yes No a) If yes, is this bedding typically consumed by the livestock? Yes No b) If so, do you have verification that bedding is organic? Yes No Not applicable3) How often is housing cleaned out?4) Describe sanitation or cleaning products used: No sanitation products used5) Are any fumigants or prohibited pest control agents used in the facility? Yes No a) If yes, what steps do you take to prevent contamination of feed and livestock?6) What source(s) of light is used in animal housing?7) Is day length regulated using artificial light? Yes No a) If yes, please describe:8) What outdoor areas other than pasture do animals use?9) How long are animals indoors (hours per day)? _______spring ______summer _______fall _______winter______________________________________________________________________________________________________Organic Livestock Plan Page 8 of 19

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