How to Apply

Those interested in pursuing organic certification for livestock production should first contact the ISDA Organic Program to get more information, check program capacity, and to receive an estimate for certification. Once this process has been completed, interested operations will receive an invitation to apply for certification. After an invitation is received, first time applicants must submit an application, application fee, a complete Organic System Plan (OSP) for Crops, and a complete OSP for each type of livestock raised (dairy, non-dairy ruminant, and non-ruminant).

Once certified, continuing applicants must submit an application, application fee, and an updated OSP each year by their anniversary/renewal date. Renewal packets are also mailed out by the end of February each year to operations currently certified organic by the ISDA.

All of the necessary livestock documents are available below (visit the Crop Production Page for crop forms). If you wish to apply for organic certification for handling/processing production, please visit the applicable page(s).

Please contact us for further questions or to request printed copies. 

Application Materials

Application for Organic CertificationPDFDOC
Organic System Plan for Dairy (OSP)PDFDOC
Organic System Plan for Poultry & Non-Ruminant (OSP)PDFDOC
Organic System Plan for Non-Dairy Ruminant (OSP)PDFDOC

Supplemental Materials

OSP – Ration Supplement for DairyPDFDOC
Livestock Inspection ChecklistDOC
Material Review Request FormPDFDOC
Livestock Input Ingredient DeclarationPDFDOC
Dairy Livestock Monitoring SupplementPDFDOC
Non-Ruminant Livestock Monitoring SupplementPDFDOC
Ruminant Livestock Monitoring SupplementPDFDOC

USDA Guide for Organic Livestock Producers

This guide is an overview of the process of becoming certified organic. It is designed to explain the USDA organic regulations as they apply to livestock producers.

USDA Organic Recordkeeping

Guides, Templates, and Other Resources