Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Thank you for your interest in Pennsylvania Certified Organic! We look forward to working with you.

You can download any and all of the Guidance Document forms below. These forms are not required for certification, rather they will help provide additional information in the areas for which you may be interested in becoming certified organic. The forms you are required to complete are found here on the Application Forms page.

Guidance Documents: General

  1. Cost Share & Funding Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  2. NOP Organic Standards Summary (PDF / DOC)
  3. Cleaner-Sanitizer Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  4. Ag Plastic Recycling Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  5. Natural Gas Exploration Guidance (PDF / DOCX)
  6. USDA Guide for Organic Certification (PDF)
  7. Fees for Certification Services (PDF / DOC)

Guidance Documents: Crops

  1. Organic Seed Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  2. GMO Contamination Prevention Guidance (PDF)
  3. Compost-Manure Tea Guidance (PDF)
  4. USDA Guide for Organic Crop Producers (PDF)
  5. Organic Bramble Production guidance sheet (PDF)

Guidance Documents: Dairy / Livestock

  1. Off-Farm Livestock Boarding Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  2. Pasture Rule FAQ Sheet (PDF)
  3. Pasture Rule Guidance (PDF)
  4. Pasture Management Resources (PDF / DOCX)
  5. Sample DMI Calculation Worksheets (PDF)
  6. Guidance for the Use of Livestock Medical Treatments (PDF)
  7. USDA Guide for Organic Livestock Producers (PDF)

Guidance Documents: Poultry

  1. Poultry Living Conditions Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  2. Poultry Management: Split Operation (PDF / DOC)
  3. USDA Guide for Organic Livestock Producers (PDF)

Guidance Documents: Processing / Handling

  1. Boiler Chemical Guidance (PDF / DOC)
  2. Processor / Handler Guidance (PDF)
  3. USDA Guide for Organic Processors (PDF)


Guidance Documents: Group Operations

  1. Group Operations Guidance Document

If you cannot download these documents, they are also available by request from PCO by calling (814) 422-0251 or emailing us at