Organic Inspector career opportunities
Organic Agriculture in Kentucky and the US
The number of organic farming operations in Kentucky has more than doubled in recent years and is now 220 farms. And the interest in organic production and certification from new and existing farmers continues to grow. In 2020 organic food sales topped $62 billion in the US, showing significant gains over conventional food sales and creating opportunities for growers. Organic certification can also bring a marketing advantage for small farms selling direct to consumer. To best support farmers in making production and management decisions, regional agriculture support networks and agriculture professionals should have a working understanding of the National Organic Program regulations. Check out the PDF below to learn more about the National Organic Program, organic trends, inspector career opportunities, required trainings and steps you need to take to become an inspector.
Become an Organic Inspector
OAK is partnering with other organizations to pilot a Organic Inspector Apprenticeship Intensive in Kentucky during 2022. These are separate professional development offerings from OAK's Organic Transition Trainer Workshop. If you are interested to become an organic inspector, the courses linked below are great opportunities to take the required basic training and participate in a newly developed apprenticeship intensive course on crop and/or livestock. The 6 day long apprenticeship intensives support inspectors in having a successful start to their career. There are no registration fees for participants in these courses. In lieu of a registration fee, participants agree to complete pre and post training surveys and evaluations to aid the development of a toolkit for future trainings. Apply for below trainings with the International Organic Inspectors Association.
BASIC CROP INSPECTION TRAINING
April 11-15, 2022 in Frankfort, KY - apply by 3/7
CROP APPRENTICESHIP INTENSIVE
May 16-21, 2022 in Frankfort, KY - apply by 2/17 (basic training is a pre-requisite)
LIVESTOCK APPRENTICESHIP INTENSIVE
July 11-16, 2022 in Hopkinsville, KY - apply by 4/14 (livestock basic training is a pre-requisite)
Learn more and apply. Get the details on Basic Organic Inspector Crop and Livestock Trainings and Inspector Apprenticeship Intensives and submit an application.
Partners include: International Organic Inspectors Association, Organic Integrity Cooperative Guild, Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky and Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This project is supported through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program