Voluntary Certifications


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Voluntary Certifications

Regional Markets Program Lead: Laura Raymond
General Phone: (206) 256-6157 
smallfarms@agr.wa.gov

16. Organic Certification


The WSDA Organic Food Program is accredited to certify organic producers, handlers, processors and retailers to the USDA National Organic Standards. WSDA is also accredited to certify operations in accordance with international organic standards.

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17. Eco-Labels, Animal Welfare, and Fair Trade Certifications


Farmers today have a wide range of voluntary labels and third-party certifications they can use to communicate their ecological farm practices or social justice practices to customers: Grass-fed to Salmon-Safe, Certified Vegan, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, and beyond. In some cases, products with a particular certification can garner a price premium.

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18. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)


In recent years a voluntary USDA food safety audit program called "Good Agricultural Practices" or GAPs has received increased attention within the agricultural sector. In many cases, this attention is driven by buyers from grocery chains or produce distribution companies who are requiring that their suppliers be "GAP certified".

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