Get more for your money with CCOF!
CCOF’s competitive fees include:
- Organic certification
- Accessible certification staff to answer all your questions
- Advocacy for the organic industry at the federal level through the CCOF Trade Association
- Training and educational opportunities
- Promotion of your business through our online directory, magazine, and tradeshows
Need help paying for certification? The USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program can cover up to 75% of your certification fees!
All of the fees listed on this page are in USD. Operations in Mexico may consult www.sat.gob.mx to determine the current exchange rate.
CCOF offers one of the most competitively priced organic certification programs in America. Small and large, all certified operations benefit from a high level of service that includes online certification management, political advocacy, international market verification, and more. Many small farms can be certified for approximately $750 the first year and between $375 and $575 in later years. Small organic food processors are routinely certified for about $1,250 in the first year and approximately $950 in later years. Similarly, mid- and large-size operations receive competitive fees.
CCOF is happy to discuss fee packages to address multiple facilities, fields, or unique circumstances. Contact CCOF at email@example.com or (831) 423-2263, ext. 6240 with questions.
How Much Does it Cost?
Your total cost of certification in the first year will come from three main fees:
- Application Fee: A onetime $325 fee, paid when you apply.
- Annual Inspection Fee: Inspection costs vary annually because they are billed hourly and include travel costs. An inspection cost estimate is included in all first-year fee estimates, which you will receive when your application is accepted. The majority of CCOF inspections cost less than $550. See the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual for current hourly inspection fees.
- Annual Certification Fee: This fee is based on the Gross Organic Production Value (GOPV) of your CCOF certified operation. Review the table below to determine your annual fee. Farm and livestock operations should deduct the cost of certified organic seed and/or feed from gross organic sales to arrive at their fee category. Processors and handlers should deduct the cost of certified organic ingredients and/or products from gross organic sales to arrive at their fee category. This ensures that you only pay for the cost of certifying your value-added process, not the value of the ingredients for which certification has already been paid.
Certification cost estimates are available at any time by contacting the CCOF main office at (831) 423-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We pride ourselves on reasonable fees and transparent operations and are more than happy to provide an estimate and discuss your specific operation. Our accounting department is also happy to work with you to create a payment plan, as needed.
CCOF charges additional fees for various services. These include international standards verification or certification for Canada, Mexico, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, and Korea; additional processing facilities; midyear additions of acreage or processed products; and completion of export documents. Further information about additional fees can be viewed in the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual.
Expedited & Rush Services
In a hurry? CCOF offers an Expedited Certification program and Rush Review of new products, labels, and materials for operations that are capable of compliance but are short on time.
- New certification applicants and annual inspections (with or without new land, facilities, etc.); includes application fee: $2250
- Addition of a new facility to your existing certification; includes facility fee: $1850
- New acreage at a CCOF-certified farming operation: $1250
- 2 business days: $300 per item
- 5 business days: $150 per item