The VISPS program creates a low-cost, third-party options for farmers to verify non-GMO, “Close-To Organic”, or transitional crops. By enrolling in VISPS, a producer can qualify his or her operation as a Smart Farm. Designating products with the Smart Farm brand can provide premiums from buyers that demand traceability and clear standards for value-added goods that they procure.
Third-party verification represents a hallmark of the VISPS program. Operations seeking to complete the VISPS program requirements and use the Smart Farm brand must receive verification from a third party to ensure that their production meets the necessary standards. VISPS standards to which verified products must adhere will soon undergo ISO-17065 certification. The Mid-America Organic Association (MOA) is a VISPS verifier.
* Transitional and “Close-To Organic” producers must also undergo inspections and keep farm logs.
You will have to fill out a farm plan on an annual basis to continue receiving verification. A farm plan consists of seed plans, fertility plans, weed and pest management plans, and your requests for verification.