Georgia Department of Agriculture

Exempt Grower/Handler Application

Description:

The person or farm is registered as an organic producer or handler.

Requirements:

National Organic Program Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 205; 40-7-17-.02 Registration Standards. (1) No person in this state without having first registered with the Commissioner of Agriculture, shall engage in the production, handling, processing, or certification of raw or processed agriculture commodities including meat, fowl, dairy products, fish, seafood, or any other products to be sold as organic, excluding retailers of food sold as organic, provided however, that retail food sales establishments licensed under Article 2 of this chapter that do not process or repackage certified organic commodities shall be exempt. The registration shall thereafter be renewed annually unless no longer engaged in the activities requiring the registration. Each registrant shall provide a complete copy of its registration to the Commissioner of Agriculture. Registration shall begin on and after January 1, 2003. Registrations shall expire on the last day of December of the year for which they are issued. National Organic Program Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 205.101 exempts those with less than $5,000 gross sales of organic items from certification.

Fees:

None

Contact:

Mike Evans
Tele: (770) 228-7215
Fax: (770) 228-7219
Email: Mike.Evans@agr.georgia.gov

 

 

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