Guest Post: 3 Keys to Getting Organic Certification for Your Farm
It takes more than just a bright idea to start organic farming. Transitioning to organic requires a series of specific production changes over a period of time — so it’s important to get it right from the start.
Simply put, there’s no room for error: One simple mistake could disqualify your operation and restart the clock on your transition. It could mean the difference between another year of $3 corn versus a $9 organic premium.
Stay on track to become a certified organic operation
So how can farmers make sure they are taking the right steps to successfully move to organic organic practices? Here are three keys to getting your organic certification in a timely, efficient manner.
1. Develop a solid plan
The first step in going organic is the most important one: Develop a detailed plan for transitioning your acres. Organic farming often takes higher management, so it is important to start with a reasonable number of acres — too many may be difficult to manage and too few just delays your ability to fully take advantage of organic premiums. Planning crop rotations is also vital. Know the risk and potential for all of your planting options, and be prepared to adjust and try some new ways of doing things.
2. Use a software application for accurate record-keeping
Software programs, such as the AgriSecure MyFarm platform, can make organic transitions simpler by helping you with the paperwork.
MyFarm helps farmers collect all the information they need for certification and keep it right at their fingertips. Our platform also lets an AgriSecure consultant review the digital documents to ensure everything is on the right path. Once all the paperwork is ready, it allows you to digitally submit your information to the certifier.
By keeping everything easily organized and in one place, the platform helps farmers focus more on farming and less on paperwork.
3. Find a partner who understands organic agriculture ins and outs
There’s a lot to the process of transitioning to organic farming — new practices, new products and a fair amount of paperwork. Farming on its own is a big undertaking, but a new level of administration can make the organic transition feel overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to find a partner who’s been there before.
Since 2018, AgriSecure has been walking new organic farmers and seasoned veterans from transition to a higher profit potential, by helping them select the right acres, determine a rotation and potential markets and providing information on organic best practices.
Let AgriSecure keep your operation on the right path
AgriSecure is helping farmers transition smoothly to organics and increase their potential profitability. We keep up with the ever changing requirements of organics and make sure our farmers have the information they need to succeed in the field of organic agriculture. Avoid costly mistakes — let AgriSecure help you enhance your operation for years to come.