How much does certification cost?
In general, the cost of Organic Certification for our clients is comprised of two components: Annual Certification Fee and Inspection (+ Travel).
Accredited certifying agencies are responsible for ensuring that organic operations meet all the requirements of the organic regulations. Our clients pay an annual certification fee to contribute to the cost of this effort.
The annual inspection of certified operations is a requirement of the USDA's National Organic Program standards. Organic Certifiers, Inc. makes the arrangements for the inspection to occur but our clients are responsible for the cost.
Annual Certification Fee
The Annual Certification Fee is calculated based on scope. In general, the parameters listed below are followed:
Crop fees based on organic acreage
Handler/Processor fees based on annual gross organic sales
Livestock/Dairy fees based on annual gross organic sales
Wild Crop fees based on annual gross organic sales
We would be happy to share our fee schedule with you and provide you with a free estimate! You can select Apply For Certification or contact our main office at 805-684-6494.
A contracted OC inspector will visit the site(s) each year to observe and report organic practices are being implemented as described in the operation's Organic Systems Plan.
Depending on your scope, prices can range from ~$350 - $800 for the inspection fee. We also include our best estimate of travel expenses up front and these fees will vary based on location.
Inspection (+ Travel)
Many state agencies offer to reimburse a portion of certification expenses through a cost-share program. You can apply for the reimbursement annually and applications typically include the following:
Proof of certification
W-9 tax form
Itemized invoice from the Organic Certifiers