Organic farms from top 2 organic states lose certification

Crop producers suspended in California and Wisconsin

By Sustainable Food News 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reporting suspensions of organic certificates held by farmers in the California and Wisconsin, which boast the largest share of certified-organic acres and farms.

The agency's National Organic Program (NOP) revealed the suspensions in its Organic Integrity Database. So far, in FY2017, nearly 275 operations have had their organic certificates suspended or revoked.

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In the past five years, the NOP said it has suspended or revoked nearly 1,000 organic operations because of violations of federal organic standards.

"A suspended or revoked operation can’t sell, label, or represent its products as having been organically produced or handled," the agency said.

The operations in California, which has 2,713 organic farms, that were suspended include:

The operations in Wisconsin, which has 1,276 organic farms, that were suspended include:

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