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Jinhua Zhou, Asian, female, DOB 5/14/1970, operating Relax Spa, 2022 S. Yanqui Cui, Asian, female, DOB: 11/3/1979, operating Sunshine Spa, 1925 S. If you have information about their whereabouts, call 911 or contact local law enforcement directly. -Missouri State Highway Patrol – (417) 895-6868 -Springfield Police Department – (417) 864-1810 You can make your report anonymously at Crime Stoppers – (417-869-TIPS) Becoming a Certified Operation. Certifiers are responsible for making sure that USDA organic products meet all organic standards. There are five basic steps to organic certification: The farm or business adopts organic practices, selects a USDA-accredited certifying agent, and submits an application and fees to the certifying agent. The certifying agent reviews the application to verify that practices comply with USDA organic regulations. An inspector conducts an on-site inspection of the applicant’s operation.

The certifying agent reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant complies with the USDA organic regulations. To maintain organic certification, your certified organic farm or business will go through an annual review and inspection process. If your operation is not located in the U.S., see our International Trade page to learn about your options for organic certification. Actual certification costs or fees vary widely depending on the certifying agent and the size, type, and complexity of your operation. Certification costs may range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Before you apply, ask your certifier for a fee structure and billing cycle. Typically, there is an application fee, annual renewal fee, assessment on annual production or sales, and inspection fees. Once you are certified, the USDA Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs can reimburse eligible operations up to 75 percent of their certification costs. Any land used to produce raw organic commodities must not have had prohibited substances applied to it for the past three years. Until the full 36-month transition period is met, you may not: Sell, label, or represent the product as “organic” Use the USDA organic or certifying agent’s seal. USDA provides technical and financial assistance during the transition period through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Or, access a variety of funding options, conservation programs, and other programs and services for the organic sector on the USDA Organic Portal. For help getting started, review: How Much Does Organic Certification Cost? Jennifer Chait is a former writer for The Balance Small Business who covered organic businesses. Actual organic certification costs and fees vary widely depending on many factors. From the size and scope of your organic operation to the organic certifying agent you choose to the state you live in, many issues can affect your costs. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) notes that organic certification may cost anywhere from "a few hundred to several thousand dollars." However, you should be aware that "a few hundred" is an extremely low estimate for certification. In many cases, it will cost around $1,200 for an organic processor to get certified, and around $700 (or more) for a new organic farm to get certified. Private certifying organizations, known as certifying agents, are approved by the USDA program to conduct the actual certifying work. The USDA maintains a list of these agents (there were around 80 at last count) so that organic producers can choose from them. There's no requirement to work with an agent who's nearby—any farm, ranch or food processor can decide to work with any agent on the USDA list. Each organic certifying agent sets its own certifying rates, and those rates will vary based on the size of your operation and on how many different parts of it will need to be certified. For example, a larger, multi-crop organic farm with an organic dairy will cost more to certify than a small organic vegetable farm. There can be many other costs beyond your actual organic application.

For example, during the certification process, you may have to pay for inspections, assessments, and travel costs for your agent. In addition, there are ongoing annual renewal fees for as long as you hold your certification. It almost goes without saying, but due to the vast differences in certification costs, you really need to do your research before you settle down with one certifying agent.

Make sure you get a written estimate of the certifier’s fee structure and an explanation of how the company's individual billing cycle works, so you can figure out if the costs are something you're comfortable with. Obviously, organic certification through the NOP can be costly. Luckily, once you're officially certified, you may be able to access one of the USDA's programs that shares in the cost of certification.

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