What does USDA

certification
mean?

Here’s what goes into getting certified organic.

We’re all in on organic.

We believe in the organic difference. We put together this table, so you can see what goes into organic certification, including for grassfed milk. Take a look!

ORANIC
GRASSFED
Organic Conventional
MANDATORY
CERTIFICATION
NONE
DIET ORGANIC PASTURE, GRASS,
GRAINS & FEED
ORGANIC PASTURE, GRASS,
GRAINS & FEED
MINIMUM FEED STANDARDS
TOXIC AND
PERSISTENT
PESTICIDE USE
ALLOWED
NO NO YES
ORGANIC &
NON GMO
SEEDS PLANTED
FOR FORAGE
YES YES NO GUIDELINES
OUTDOOR
ACCESS
REQUIREMENTS
ANIMALS MUST HAVE ACCESS
TO THE OUTDOORS AND ONLY
BE REMOVED FROM PASTURE
FOR SAFETY, WELFARE, OR

HEALTH REASONS
ANIMALS MUST HAVE ACCESS
TO THE OUTDOORS AND ONLY
BE REMOVED FROM PASTURE
FOR SAFETY, WELFARE, OR
HEALTH REASONS
NO GUIDELINES
DAYS SPENT
GRAZING

MIN
150
DAYS/YEAR
MIN
120
DAYS/YEAR
NO GUIDELINES
% OF DRY
MATTER INTAKE
FROM GRAZING
AT LEAST
60%

AT LEAST
30%
NO GUIDELINES
WILDLIFE
REQUIREMENTS

EXISTING WILDLIFE AND
WILDLIFE HABITAT WILL BE
MANAGED TO ALLOW NATIVE
WILDLIFE ON THE FARM/RANCH
TO COEXIST WITH DOMESTIC
ANIMALS ON THE FARM/RANCH

FARMS MUST MAINTAIN OR
IMPROVE THE NATURAL
RESOURCES OF THE OPERATION.
INCLUDING SOIL, WILDLIFE,
AND WATER QUALITY
NO GUIDELINES
NON GMO
COMPLIANT

YES

YES NO GUIDELINES
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