Organics & Compost
Organics & Compost

Organics & Compost

Some of the biggest and most dedicated users of compost are farmers. They know that compost not only results in higher crop yields but can help improve the long term sustainability of their operations. Among those agricultural customers, some farmers want a compost product approved for use on certified organic farms.

While compost itself cannot be “certified organic” (only food and fiber crops can be certified under the National Organic Program), there are a few programs that people interested in the intersection of organics and compost can use.

For approval of compost, soil blends, or other products on certified organic farms, here are the main choices:

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is an independent organization that reviews your manufacturing process plan and feedstocks so that “producers know which products are appropriate for organic operations.” In addition to that, OMRI provides training and technical support for organic industry professionals.

Getting approved by OMRI, or “OMRI listed” is a fairly intense process, but can help if you are selling to the organic market.

Organic Certifiers Listed by the USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a resource for finding organic certifying agencies that can approve your product for use on organic farms.

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