Idaho has long set their own additional standards for organic certification, such as charging fees for chemical residue analysis and attendance in organic education programs. Now however, Idaho is rethinking their strategy, and cutting back requirements to better match up with federal organic certification guidelines.
The new state rules adopted by an Idaho legislative committee will still be as strict as federal rules, but not stricter and best of all, the new rules will help streamline the certification process and will be less cost-prohibitive for Idaho's organic producers, saving them thousands of dollars.
Idaho producers will no longer be charged for chemical residue analysis, instead, as federal guidelines permit, the costs of such analysis will be picked up by accredited certifying agents. Additionally, the July 1st deadline for certification has been removed, allowing producers more time to achieve certification goals.
The new rules were meet with unanimously approved by the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee on January 19. Unless challenged on the House side they'll become law.