Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Business Registration, Certification, Licensing, Permitting

Organic Farming Certification

Fruit and Vegetables

Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation. Instead, organic farmers use a blend of old and new technologies and scientific research to balance the earth's natural ecosystem. They work with nature to build and replenish the nutrients in the soil through crop rotations, composting and cultivation. This encourages healthy soils which produce healthy plants that are naturally more pest and disease resistant.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services does not certify or regulate organic farms in Florida. Farms wishing to obtain organic certification may do so through the Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs) that are listed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA's National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced, and provides a list of Accredited Certifying Agents.

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Division of Marketing and Development
Bureau of Development and Information
The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800

Doug Ott
(850) 617-7330
(850) 617-7331 Fax

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