15.22.02.01

.01 Scope.

A. The purpose of these regulations is to establish standards that producers, processors, distributors, and retailers shall follow in order to have products which they have either produced or are handling certified as organic under the Department of Agriculture's organic certification program.

B. Producers are required to implement an organic farm plan which concentrates on sustainable farming practices. These practices include the use of cover crops, recycled animal and plant matter, beneficial insects, crop rotation, and green manures to build and maintain soil fertility and to control major pests.

C. These regulations also denote what the processor, distributor, and retailer shall do in order to have products they are marketing as organic under the Department's program continue in that status, such as the implementation of an organic handling plan.