(1) Producers and
handlers converting to organic production that do not qualify for certification
may apply for an application review or full review including an inspection.
These reviews allow potential applicants to experience procedures and
requirements of the certification program and to identify areas of potential
(2) Applicants for
conversion period application review must prepay one-half of the applicable
application fee and submit appropriate application forms. The department will
review the application and no inspection will be conducted. The department will
notify the applicant of any deficiencies in the application or the organic
(3) Applicants for
conversion period full review must prepay the full amount of the applicable
application fee and submit the appropriate application forms. An inspection
will be scheduled and conducted. The department will notify the applicant of
any deficiencies in the application or the organic system plan and any
deficiencies determined as a result of the inspection.
(4) A conversion period full review including
an inspection in the year prior to certification exempts the operation from
payment of a new application fee in the first year of certification.
(5) The new application fee does not apply to
conversion period reviews.
Persons who participate in the conversion program shall not imply in any manner
that they are organically certified, and must not sell, label, or represent
products as "100 percent organic," "organic," or "made with organic