Organic: It’s Not What You Are, It’s What You Do

Agribusiness is a central part of Iowa’s economy and it has been subject to the same dramatic shifts in public taste and preference that have helped to propel us forward into the age of on demand everything. One growing tide in consumer buying habits that has much sway over the course of farming and ranching going forward is the increased preference for goods that are organic over those that have been subjected to the now traditional chemical, hormonal, and other treatments.

It may be time for you to consider taking the steps necessary to become a certified organic grower, and the Des Moines agribusiness lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you to navigate the sometimes confusing process of obtaining the blessing of the United States Department of Agriculture. Contact us at (877) 327-2600 to speak with an experienced agribusiness attorney about your present and future plans.

Organic Certification

The first step for you should be to consult with a Des Moines agribusiness lawyer to find out what qualifies a farming operation for organic certification. The statutory basis for these regulatory determinations is found primarily in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and its subsequent amendments, and an attorney is best-equipped to help you understand and interpret these provisions. Some of the general requirements will involve the thorough documentation of the following and many more details of your operation:

  • Practices and procedures by which goods are produced
  • The materials used in production and the composition and source of those materials
  • Administrative and physical measure in place to keep organic and non-organic produce separate

Contact Us

There can be significant benefits to going organic, but if you fail to comply with the letter of the law, improvements and changes in your operation may be an empty cost. Contact a Des Moines business lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (877) 327-2600.

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