About Organic Certification
What is organic?
The mission of the WSDA Organic Program is to provide access to the organic market and ensure the integrity of the organic label by:
- Certifying organic producers and handlers,
- Registering inputs for use in organic production, and
- Providing technical assistance on the USDA organic regulations.
Organic Advisory Board
In 1987, a stakeholder board was established to advise WSDA Organic Program. Consisting of organic farmers, processors, handlers, and other interested parties; the Organic Advisory Board supports WSDA Organic Program in accomplishing our mission.
Washington Organic Agriculture Statistics
Washington State University develops annual reports on the organic sector in Washington state, and maintains extensive historical data about the industry and trends.
WSDA has developed a convenient flyer [PDF 5.3 MB] highlighting the prolific and diverse types of organic crop and livestock production in the state.
List of Certified Operations
There are several resources available to verify the current certification status of a business.
WSDA Certified Operations
WSDA maintains online lists of the businesses we certify. These lists are typically updated quarterly and include basic crop, product, and location information.
|Name of document||Printable form|
|WSDA certified producers - crop and livestock||PDF 600 KB|
|WSDA certified processors and handlers||PDF 320 KB|
Note that the certified operation lists are sorted by certification number and may be searched using keyword. While the exact method to search will depend on the application you are using to view a PDF document; typically it will be Ctrl+F for Windows users and Cmd+F for Apple users.
The Organic Integrity Database
Each USDA accredited certification agency is required to provide a list of all businesses they certify in accordance with the USDA organic regulations. While each certifier is currently only required to submit this list once a year, on January 2nd, many certifiers provide more frequent updates; WSDA Organic Program attempts to provide quarterly updates to The Organic Integrity Database.
Questions or Complaints
We do our best to ensure that complaints from applicants for certification, certified operations, and the public are addressed in a timely manner. When submitting a complaint, providing complete and accurate information allows us to review or investigate the issue successfully.
Helpful details include:
- Time and location of alleged infraction
- Pictures of noncompliant signage or product labels
- Any other details that help follow up on the complaint
Complaints against a WSDA-certified party should be submitted to the WSDA Organic Program.
Complaints against a non-certified party can be submitted directly to the USDA National Organic Program.
Complaints against a WSDA Organic Program Employee should be submitted to the WSDA Organic Program.