Becoming certified organic can be confusing, but Wisconsin Organic Co-op tries to make that process a lot simpler for farmers. Here is an overview of the certification process for both USDA Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown. To figure out which option is best for you and your farm, check out the chart below which explains the difference between the two. 

1. Sign Up/ Create Account
Both CNG and USDA Organic require farmers to sign up and create an account.
2. Fill Out Forms
The forms are very different between the two. USDA Organic requires a lot more paperwork compared to CNG. Filling these out as completely as possible will help ensure you get certified the first time. 
3. Submit Application & Pay Fees
USDA Organic and CNG both require a fee when becoming certified organic. 
4. Application Review
Applications will go to a third party for review. If the committee has questions or concerns they will contact you. 
5. Inspection
Both certifications require your farm to have an inspection before becoming officially certified. 

Certification Overview

1. Sign Up/ Create Account
2. Fill Out Forms
3. Submit Application
and pay fees
4. Application Review
5. Inspection
6. Receive Certification
6. Receive Certification
Congratulations! You are certified, but you do need to re-apply every year to stay certified. 

This table shows the difference between Certified Naturally Grown and 100% USDA Certified Organic. Use this table to help you determine which option is best for you.


USDA Certified Organic

Certified Naturally Grown

  • Certified through third parties and is 
       government regulated.
  • $1000 for the certification 
  • Highly recognized label
  • Sell products in grocery stores and other markets
  • Mainly for farmers with over 100 acres of land, but can support smaller farms.
  • Certified through third parties and peer review.
  • $150 minimum for the certification 
  • Used as a stepping stone to become USDA Certified Organic.
  • Sell products at farmers markets and be able to label your products as organic.
  • Access to other farmers just like you that can provide support and helpful tips.
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