CCOF Leader in Organic Certification

USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Releases New List of Certified Organic Operations

Figures released over the weekend place CCOF Certification Services, as the largest certifier of organic products in the U.S. CCOF represents 2,321 certified operations domestically– 13% of USDA organic certified operations. In addition to the premier organic certification program, the non-profit CCOF (California Certified Organic Famers) is among the nation’s most influential advocates on behalf of organic and is the founder of Going Organic, an educational program that supports conventional producers seeking to convert their operations to organic.  A list of operations certified by the National Organic Program (NOP) may be found at http://apps.ams.usda.gov/nop/.

“CCOF certifies the most crops and the most operations of any certification program in the US,” says Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo, “which is good news for consumers who are looking to ensure that they are buying high-quality organic products.”

In California, the nation’s largest state producer of organic products, CCOF represents nearly 56% of certified operations. CCOF certified operations include 66% of organic crops, along with nearly 37% of organic processors and/or handlers in the state, far more than any other certifier in the state.

“CCOF is distinguished by our commitment to organic integrity and to making certification understandable for organic producers,” said CCOF Chief Certification Officer Jake Lewin.

The following is a compilation of the figures just provided on the NOP website, organized by certifier and primary scope of certification.

 

Certifying Agent

# in US

% of US Total

Livestock

% of total

Crops

% of total

Handling

% of total

Wild Crops

% of total

CCOF Certification Services

2321

13%

127

6%

1636

15%

558

11%

0

0%

Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc

1402

8%

4

0%

1257

12%

140

3%

1

13%

Oregon Tilth

1218

7%

266

13%

402

4%

548

11%

2

25%

Quality Assurance International

1152

7%

42

2%

91

1%

1019

20%

0

0%

Washington State Dept of  Ag

1105

6%

87

4%

649

6%

369

7%

0

0%

                     

Organic Crop Improvement Association

827

5%

2

0%

676

6%

149

3%

0

0%

International Certification Services, Inc.

786

4%

70

3%

494

5%

222

4%

0

0%

Organic Certifiers, Inc.

758

4%

23

1%

507

5%

228

5%

0

0%

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

700

4%

306

15%

325

3%

69

1%

0

0%

Global Organic Alliance, Inc.

655

4%

13

1%

533

5%

109

2%

0

0%

NOFA New York, LLC

617

3%

272

14%

274

3%

71

1%

0

0%

 

*The figures above were compiled from figures available at http://apps.ams.usda.gov/nop/.

 

About CCOF

CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1973 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest third-party organic certifying agencies. CCOF certifies, educates, advocates and promotes organic through:

• A premier organic certification program for growers, processors, handlers, and retailers.
• Programs to increase awareness of and demand for certified organic product and to expand public support for organic agriculture.
• Advocacy for governmental policies that protect and encourage organic agriculture.

CCOF certifies more than 2,321 organic operations  in 34  states and three foreign countries and serves over 350 supporting members - consumers, suppliers, businesses and individuals - interested in supporting its work.

 

 

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Date Published: 
March 20, 2012
Author, Title: 
Cathy Calfo

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