Core Standards

The following Core Standards are applicable at all Tiers by all producers. These standards have been vetted by science, regulatory authority and required industry practices. All standards are applied by using a documented sound Risk Analysis procedure and robust agricultural practices.

NOTE

Currently the standards, the application of these standards, and the entire certification process is in a "Beta" period (Test, Study, Adjust). This is necessary prior to Advisory Board approval. This period is expected to last through the 2011 season. All producers in this test period will be given appropriate consideration.

The Core Standards can be located by dropping down on the tab marking this page. Each substandard can be found using the same method.  Those folks unable to pull down these standards can be provided a full list by writing OPMA, PO 848, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Listed are the following standards;

1. CORE STANDARD I: Water

2. CORE STANDARD II: Inputs

3. CORE STANDARD III: Traceability

4. CORE STANDARD IV: Good Agricultural and Handling Practices

Subsets of "Good Agricultural and Handling Practices"

Procedures for a Risk Analysis

  1. What is the standard? What does the background on the standard tell us about its specific and implied intent? 

  2. What is the general situation for which the standard is being applied?

  3. What are the facts bearing on the general and specific situation?

  4. What assumptions are being made?

  5. How is the standard being applied to this situation?  Does the outcome match the requirement set by the standard? Can be situation be stated in one sentance as a single issue?

  6. Is the outcome a major non-compliance (there is a total failure to comply) or a minor non-compliance (the standard is working but not in a truly robust fashion).

  7. Is there a misunderstanding of the standard, an inability to comply or is there a lack of a resource which would assist in the application of the standard?

  8. What is missing from this analysis? (Should a fact be missed restart the process from Step 3, above.)

  9. What actions are necessary from this analysis?

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