Organic certification can be a long and somewhat complicated process. It's easy to make mistakes that may end up slowing down the certification process or result in your application being denied. Luckily, if you're prepared, you can avoid common mistakes and certification will be a much more seamless process.
How to avoid mistakes!
Technically you should be getting ready for organic farm tax season year-round. The first step is to keep spotless and very organized organic business records. If you're not sure which records to keep for taxes, check out this list of items you should be recording. You can use a simple business planner to help you keep records better.
Hopefully, you've already been keeping records though which will make tax season much simpler. Below are some tax guides to help you get ready way before the year ends.
If you're interested in an organic-mined career, you have many options. From production to processing to handling mass quantities or organic food and more, organics is a booming industry. A good place to start is your local university. Many schools now have in-depth organic career programs. You can also take a look at the following helpful links...
Agricultural Marketing Service NOP
website has a new feature that answers some questions about organic products and certification. The series, being new, is slim in content, but looks like it may grow to include more Q&A about organics as time goes on.
The site area, Organic Topics of Interest, looks at a few complex issues such as:
- Carrageenan in organic products
- Protecting organic crops from synthetic fertilizers
- Can GMOs Be Used in Organic Products?
- Organic integrity tips
Just an FYI in case any of these questions apply to you and your organic business.