The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) reported that accredited organic certifying agency Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) suspended 23 Midwest organic operations in August.
So far in 2019, the NOP’s Organic Integrity Database shows 354 suspended operations and 10 revocations, compared to 412 suspensions and 13 revocations during the same period in 2018.
MOSA, based in Viroqua, Wis., suspended 14 operations in its home state, including:
Noble View Cheese Company, Inc – Adell, Wis.
Portage Cold Storage dba Carr Valley Cheese – Portage, Wis.
The Meat Market – Baraboo, Wis.
Ranger Cranberry Company, LLC – Pittsville, Wis.
Desoto Apple Orchard – De Soto, Wis.
Nolt Farm – Boscobel, Wis.
O That Way Farm – Cochrane, Wis.
Stahlbusch Farm – Medford, Wis.
The Dobberphul Farm – Kewaskum, Wis.
McEwen Farms – Sauk City, Wis.
Turnip Rock Farm – Clear Lake, Wis.
Hermann Farm – Glen Fora, Wis.
Jesse Landis – Hillsboro, Wis.
ArtShar – Catawba, Wis.
MOSA also suspended nine other Midwest organic operations:
BK Feed Mill – St. Ansgar, Iowa
Overall Development Nutrition & Fitness – Chicago, Ill.
Hardscratch Hill Organic Berry Farm – Logan, Iowa
Silver River Angus – Pelkie, Mich.
Dettelbach Farms Inc. – Wynne, Ark.
Equality Farms LLC – Buffalo, Minn.
Rodney Schafer – Montpelier, Ohio
Gary Kuhn – Gowrie, Iowa
Marlin Miller – Millersburg, Ohio
MOSA announced last month it was not accepting new applications for most crop operations “due to reviewer and inspector commitments for the remainder of the 2019 growing season.”
“We may be able to accept applications for indoor crops (such as greenhouse or mushrooms), livestock (without crops), transitioning dairy, transitional verification, and handlers (processors), depending on your location and certification deadline,” MOSA said.