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USDA Organic

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program as a Certifying Agent for the scopes of Crops, Wild Crops, Livestock, and Handling Operations.

KDA currently certifies only entities located within the state of Kentucky.

2017 Organic Certification Application and Organic System Plans Now available!  Please click on link to the right under forms.


Renewal Application Deadline April 1, 2017. 


New applicants are encouraged to apply no later than March 15, 2017 to avoid delays due to renewal volume.



Input approval: 

KDA recognizes the following material review organizations:

Organic Material Review Institute(OMRI)

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Pensylvania Certified Organic(List available to clients on request)

California Department of Food and Agriculture Registered Organic Input Materials


Operations certified by KDA may utilize inputs or products which are approved by the above listed material review organizations in accordance with any restrictions required by the regulations.  Products not appearing on any of these lists should be reviewed by KDA prior to use, please use the Input Review Request Form(click "Organic" under forms to the right).


Regulations and Resources:

USDA organic regulations: 7 CFR Section 205 includes all USDA organic standards, including prohibited practices, requirements, and the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Materials.

National Organic Program Handbook: This compilation of guidance documents, policy memos, and instructions is intended to clarify policies and assist those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with complying with NOP regulations.

ATTRA: Guide to Organic Crop Production

ATTRA: Guide to Organic Livestock Production 

ATTRA: Guide to Organic Processing 

ATTRA: Guide to Organic Certification



International Organic Trade:

More details available here.