Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow the easy steps outlined below and your application will be underway.
If you intend to avail of payments in 2012 under the OFS (Organic Farming Scheme) which is due to re-open for applications before the end of February 2012, the application timescale is very limited, i.e. you must have your completed OFS application form, together with Business Plan and other documents, lodged with the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine by May 15th 2012 – at that time you must have already registered with an approved organic certification body such as the Organic Trust Ltd and be in the process of being inspected/certified by the Organic Trust Ltd so that your organic licence can be issued to you. Finally, you must also have completed or be in the course of completing the mandatory training course (i.e. a certificate of attendance for the course undertaken must be forwarded to the Organic Unit of DAFM by June 30th 2012).
Full details of the conditions of entry to the Organic Farming Scheme plus all the required documentation requirements will be fully outlined in our News & Events Section as soon as the scheme re-opens in 2012; it is anticipated that there will be some changes to the 2012 scheme rules.
22 official Organic Demonstration Farms have been approved by the Department of Agriculture,Food and the Marine and the farm walks/open days are organised by Teagasc - the dates of the official Open Days for 2012 will be published in the News & Events Section of our website as soon as they become available - walks usually commence in June and run right through to September in any year. The organic enterprises on each farm are also indicated, e.g. organic beef, dairy and lamb production; field-scale organic vegetables; organic pig, poultry and egg production; organic grain production; small-scale organic horticultural production and so forth.
For the 2012 walks we will provide detailed directions to each of the demonstration farms and also indicate the name of the Organic Trust official representative at each of these events - all of the Organic Trust representatives are Approved Inspectors who can provide you with detailed technical information on any aspect of organic production plus our free information pack. There is also a wealth of knowledge and information available from current practitioners at these events and we strongly recommend that as many of these Open Days/Farm Walks are attended as possible - they are open to both potential and current organic producers.
Potential processors (including importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers) may wish to avail of the Organic Trust's competitively priced Adequacy Audit (contact Helen Scully in the office for details – 01 8530271).
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. Details of the Organic Farming Scheme payments which apply to farmers and growers are available by clicking on any of the links below titled Organic Farming Scheme. Please note that changes to the scheme rules are anticipated for 2012 – we will provide the most up to date scheme rules as soon as they are published (circa end of February 2012).
In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment – such grants apply to both producers and processors – the range of grants available are indicated under the On-Farm Grant and Off-Farm Grant headings below – simply click on the appropriate heading for full information – again these grants are under review, therefore, the most up to date position will be obtained by telephoning the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine at 053 91 63465.