PCO is a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency that educates and certifies growers, processors and handlers of organic crops, wild crops, livestock and livestock products in the contiguous United States. PCO is also proud to be an accredited certifying agent for OPT Certified Grass-Fed Organic Certification, which is a separate program that builds upon upon the organic standards.
After the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Dreasjon Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and David McAtee and subsequent protests, we stand in solidarity with those calling for racial justice.
PCO’s vision is that all communities are enriched through organic food and farming, and yet we will not be able to fulfill this vision with systemic racism ever-present in our society and our work in agriculture and food systems.
As an organization comprised predominately of white people, PCO must take time to listen and learn about how we’ve contributed to—and benefitted from—these inequities and how we can work together to eliminate them. We are in the beginning stages of a learning process, and PCO is seeking guidance so that we can effectively take the most important step—action. Moving forward, our work will be to develop and embody our organization’s commitment to racial justice.
Below we link to some organizations doing meaningful and courageous work, and from which we can learn about inequities and racial injustice in the food system. We invite you to support them and to share additional resources.List of Organizations
Interested in becoming certified organic? Or how about any of the other programs we offer including Organic Plus Trust? If so, start here to learn more about certification and the programs we offer!Learn More
Looking for Organic Matters, our quarterly newsletter, or resources on organic farming practices?
We have lots of information to share.Read More
Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and its impacts on our work, we want to provide you with resources that support grower/processor operations during this time of adaptation.COVID-19 Resources
PCO’s Certified Operations, Advocates, Business Members, and staff are all passionate in their support of organic agriculture. Click here to learn more about membership options and join us in furthering our mission!Learn More
PCO is here to help. We offer varying transition services to meet your needs. Click the link below to learn more about our transition services!Learn More