Organic Certification

Organic Materials Review Institute
Box 11558, Eugene, OR 97440-3758
tel 541-343-7600, fax 541-343-8971
email, web site
OMRI certifies generic materials and commercially available products as organic. They do not certify organic farms. They publish the OMRI Generic Materials List and the OMRI Brand Name Products List, both updated regularly, which identify products as being acceptable for certified organic production. Vendors can submit their products to OMRI for evaluation and possible inclusion in their lists.

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Kevin Riggin, P. O. Box 1609, Jackson, MS 39215-1609
tel 601-359-1138, fax 601-359-1175
web site
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is responsible for administering the organic certification program for the state. Contact Kevin Riggin for details. MDAC has several inspectors trained to certify farms meeting organic requirements in Mississippi. In addition, some of the agencies listed below will inspect and certify farms in Mississippi.

Tennessee Land Stewardship Association (TLSA)
Bob Shine, Coordinator, 450 Davidson Chapel Lane, Bloomington Springs, TN 38545
tel 931-653-4402 fax 931-653-4545
Organic farm certification in Tennessee as well as in Mississippi.

Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG)
Marty Mesh, P.O. Box 12311, Gainesville, FL 32604
tel 352-377-6345, fax 352-377-8363
web site
Organic farm certification in Florida, and states where there is no certification program (e.g. Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi).

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)
Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312
tel 919-542-2402, fax 919-542-7401
web site
Organic farm certification in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Georgia Land Stewardship Association (GLSA)
Frank Logan, 2238 North River Trail, Marietta, GA 30066
tel 770-926-4312
Organic farm certification in Georgia and Alabama.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Craig M. Roussel, Director of Horticulture & Quarantine Programs
P.O. Box 3118, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3118
tel 504-925-7772, fax 504-925-3760
Organic farm certification in Louisiana.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
Leslie McKinnon, Organic Certification Coordinator, PO Box 12847, Austin, TX 12847
tel 512-463-7472, fax 512-463-1104
Organic farm certification in Texas.

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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables August 17, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.

Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Organic Fruit and Vegetables May 23, 2017

VERONA, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University vegetable expert is part of a project designed to support and strengthen organic farming in the Southeast.

Casey Barickman, an assistant horticulture professor with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is working with colleagues from Tuskegee University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and Oregon State University to give organic growers the information they need to develop efficient production systems.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Fruit February 14, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi fruit growers need look no further than their smartphones or laptops when searching for a second opinion on chill hour accumulation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has launched Chill Hours, an app that helps growers assess growing conditions that affect plant physiology and prepare for the upcoming growing season.

Peaches displayed for sale on a bright blue table. Production and sale of peaches, strawberries and other fruit and vegetable truck crops are on pace to be strong once again this year. (File photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Farmers Markets, Organic Fruit and Vegetables July 22, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Favorable weather and a steady consumer appetite for local produce are keeping Mississippi’s truck crop industry strong.

The state now has more than 80 farmers markets, compared to 52 in 2010. These markets make up the main avenue through which truck crop growers sell their goods, but local produce can be found with more frequency on grocery store shelves during the growing season. This trend reflects the shift in consumer preference.

Filed Under: Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes October 15, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi sweet potato growers will benefit from Mississippi State University’s work in a U.S.

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