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Can I keep animals that have been treated with prohibited materials together with my organic animals?

If organic and non-organic animals are pastured in the same field, they must be clearly identified in a manner that will prevent commingling of the final organic product (meat, milk, etc.).

Can I use antibiotics on my animals and still maintain their organic status?

No, once an organic animal is treated with any prohibited material, including antibiotics, it can never be brought back to organic production.

Can I use compost?

Yes! The use of compost is encouraged. The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) both maintain lists of approved compost suppliers. You can also use MyCCOF: Materials Search to find and add materials approved for use in organic production or to request the review of a material you would like to use.

Can you certify my farming or processing input?

CCOF provides organic certification only for crops and products made from them. We do not certify farm inputs and non-organic processing aids.

Inputs and processing aids are reviewed and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)  and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
 

Do I need to report all my input materials to CCOF?

Yes, you are required by USDA organic requirements to report all materials you use, including fertilizers, pest control materials, processing aids, livestock health care materials, and other materials. We have made it easy for you to view the materials we have approved for your operation by listing them on your Organic System Plan (OSP) Materials List.
 

How can I determine if a product is allowed for use in organic livestock production?

You may only use products that are certified organic, OMRI or WSDA-listed, or approved by CCOF. If you wish to use any product that is not certified organic or OMRI or WSDA approved, you must receive CCOF approval prior to use. You should always ensure that your approved list of materials, also known as your Organic System Plan (OSP) Materials List, includes all products you use or plan to use. Consult our materials guide outlining what you need to do before using new materials.

How do I control pests in my facility?

The National Organic Program (NOP) outlines a specific order of pest control methods in areas where organic products are processed, handled, or stored.

How do I know if inert ingredients contained in pesticide products I use are on EPA List 4?

Most materials containing inert ingredients do not specify which list these ingredients are on. Organic production allows only EPA List 4 synthetic inerts in pesticides. Verification from the manufacturer that synthetic inert ingredients, contained in pesticides, are on List 4 is needed to demonstrate compliance. Often times manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the identity of inerts, but may be willing to confirm whether they are all on EPA List 4 or not. Approval by OMRI or an accredited certifier can also be used to demonstrate that the inerts are acceptable.

The CCOF certification staff told me they cannot advise me on materials. Is help available?

Yes! We maintain a list of organic consultants and organic agricultural advisors who are available to assist with certification and regulatory compliance issues. We understand that choosing materials appropriate for your specific situation can be challenging. Our staff is available to verify if a specific material is compliant; however, due to NOP regulations we are not allowed to make recommendations or provide specific types of products to use.

What are the requirements for manure use?

Under the NOP there are specific requirements for the use of raw manure.

Raw animal manure must be composted unless it is:

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