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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.

2016 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)

Deadline to apply is October 7, 2016.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) wishes to encourage you to apply for the 2016 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP).  This federal program allows KDA to provide reimbursements to certified organic operators for  up to 75% of the operation’s total allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope:  crops, livestock, wild crops, and for handling (i.e. processing).


In order to receive this reimbursement please complete the NOCCSP Cost Share Application and return it to KDA; Deadline to apply is October 7, 2016..


for further questions please contact Karen Morgan, 502-782-4121,


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.