The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)  is a USDA-accredited certification agency. Under the National Organic Program (NOP), products sold as organic in the United States must be certified by a USDA-NOP accredited certification agency. 
The CDA verifies that the requirements of organic production and handling practices meet national standards. We certify Crop, Wild Crop, Process Handling and Livestock categories.
FOR THE CONSUMER: The program assures consumers that these products are produced without prohibited substances such as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
FOR THE PRODUCER: The program allows participating producers to sell their products as USDA certified Organic.  The implementation of the USDA standards has brought uniformity to the organic industry throughout the United States. Colorado producers are able to sell their products in other states and countries without barriers.
 Due to overwhelming interest in the organic certification program, we are unable at this time to accept applications from new operations. There are private certification agencies that are currently conducting organic certification in Colorado, a list can be found at the USDA National Organic Program website.
If you would like assistance in determining which certifiers on the list of accredited agencies are currently operating in Colorado, we would be happy to help you. Please call Alyssa at 303-869-9075 for this assistance. 
For organic operations submitting their annual update please contact the organic program to have the proper renewal forms emailed to you.

NOTE REGARDING FILLABLE PDF FORMS: If you are using a Mac to open the certification forms, please note that you must use Adobe Reader NOT the Mac Preview Option which is the default software used when you double click on a pdf. If you use Preview the save your form and other built-in features will not work. If you are using Adobe Reader and are still experiencing problems with your form please contact us.


The USDA Organic Cost Share Program for 2017 is being operated by the USDA Farm Service Agency.  Here is a link to their organic cost share website: 


International Evaluations and Exports

Organic Publications and Policy Statements

Complaints Against Certified/Non-Certified Organic Parties

Organic Resources

Organic News


Contact Organic Program

If you are a Producer and want to be USDA Certified: Please contact the Department for an informational packet at (303) 869-9051 or request by email