FAQ
How do I become certified organic?
Contact a certification agency such as OCIA International or a chapter like High Plains OCIA of Nebraska, Inc. and obtain a member package. These forms will contain the Standards and Bylaws of OCIA, NOP Standards,  as well as all of the documents, templates and forms you will need to get started on becoming certified organic.

Fill out the applicable forms and submit them by March 31 of each year along with the required fees to:

The Chapter Administrator- 
High Plains OCIA of Nebraska, Inc.
Sara Fehringer 
684 Road 111 
Sidney, NE 69162
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How long will this take?
Submission deadline for applications in March 31, after that it will be reviewed for initial compliance to any and all regulations/programs for which you have applied to ensure capability of compliance. OCIA will then communicate the results of this pre-inspection review.  If all paperwork and forms are in place the application is then sent on to the inspector who is a third party person. Inspections are usually held late June to mid July. The inspector then sends an inspection report back to the chapter administrator who then forwards the application and inspection report to either the home office in Lincoln or a regional office depending on location. A team of file reviewers called the Certification Decision Team (CDT) will then review your file and determine if you meet all the requirements for certification to any or all of the different certifications, usually within 6 weeks of the file being received at the office. If you meet these requirements OCIA will send you a Certificate of Organic Certification. This certificate will list your certified products, as well as the specific certification program(s) that your products are certified under. A letter and checklist will accompany your certificate, and will give guidance on what can be done to improve your organic operation including any necessary deadlines for response to findings of Noncompliance. Annual update forms and inspections are required to maintain your organic certifications.

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Why certified organic?
The desire of farmers, fruit and vegetable growers and others to produce quality foods in a manner that builds the soil and does not pollute the environment is the driving force in choosing the organic approach. Consumer demand is the key reason for certified organic--a need to ensure that products purchased meet important standards in the journey from the field to the table. There is a strong and steady growth worldwide in the consumption of certified organic products. Certified organic products return a premium price to the producer and provides quality food to the increasingly health conscious consumer. Look for certified organic products in your favorite supermarket or farmers market. 

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Who is OCIA?
OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association) is a world leader in the organic industry. OCIA is a member owned, non-profit certifying agency that provides research and education to thousands of organic producers, processors and handlers in all regions of the world. OCIA offers certification services accredited by:
The United States National Organic Program (NOP), ISO Guide 65, the Conseil des appelations agroalimentaires du Québec (CAAQ) ,the Japan Agriculture Standards (JAS) and the Costa Rica Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG). OCIA can also assist members in verifying their products' compliance to EU 2092/91 regulations and OCIA Japan is authorized to certify organic products to the Japan Agriculture Standards (JAS). 

The OCIA seal of organic certification is recognized around the world and is your product's passport into the organic markets you need - local, national and international.

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Donations

As you know, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding those less fortunate. We gladly accept and appreciate any and all donations. 

Donations may be sent via PayPal, check or money order. 


What crops do members grow?
High Plains OCIA NE #2 members are growing or have grown these crops:

Flax
Hard Red Winter Wheat
Hard White Winter Wheat
Spring Wheat
White Proso Millet
Forage Millet
Oats
Field Corn
Blue Corn
Safflower
Pinto Beans
Amaranth
Alfalfa
Grass Hay
Tricale
Spelt
Oil Sunflower
Confection Sunflower
Peas
Plus other crops

Livesock:
Buffalo
Cattle