Prerequisites

The ASP Certified Product is NOT Certified ORGANIC and is not produced to be sold or described as a Certified ORGANIC product.

The ASP Certified Standard covers the following management areas of farming:

  • Soil Conservation, Soil Health and Improvement
  • GMO’s (Prohibited in the ASP Certified System)
  • Crop Rotation
  • Landscape and Environment
  • Records and Record Keeping
  • Whole of Farm Management System
  • Residues and Possible Contaminations
  • Farm Hygiene
  • Manure Crops
  • Diversity of Crop Production
  • Management
  • Crop Residue Management
  • Seed, Seedlings and Seed production
  • Plant Production
  • Fertiliser Inputs (Prohibited products and Restricted Use Products)
  • Trace Elements
  • Manures and Composts
  • Pests, Disease and Weed Management (Plant Protection)
  • Storage and Processing
  • Community and Social Expectations
  • Certification Audit and Inspection

ASP members who have made the decision to participate in the ASP Certified Program are required to meet not only the ASP Standard, but they must prove to the ASP Agronomist and Auditor that the fields to be certified fully meet the Standard and have not had any prohibited inputs or GMO’s in the fields for a minimum of 3 years. They are required to commit to a declaration verifying their compliance.

Once accepted into the ASP Certified Program by the ASP Standards Review Board the growers must complete the following annually.

Pre-Season Growers Agreement

  • Sets out their acceptance to grow produce compliant to the ASP Certified Standard
  • Sets out their production area for the current season
  • Sets out the penalties for breaching the standard and their liability to ASP Certified
  • Informs them of the power of the ASP Certified Standards Review Board – Power to revoke their status
  • Sets out who by legal license may use the Certification Logos and sell product under the ASP Certified Logo
  • Sets out the requirement to who can market ASP Certified grain products
  • Outlines the requirement of the Audit and Certification process and in signing allows access to the property and records of the farming enterprise for Auditors

Pre-Plant Declaration

  • Signed Declaration which states that the growers produce grains to the ASP Certified Standard
  • Maintain the Farm Management and record system truthfully and honestly
  • Will notify the ASP Certified Standard Review Board should a production area be potentially adversely affected by something beyond the growers control but which will affect the certification of the product
  • That they have read the Standard and understand the requirements and have noted any changes made to the Standard
  • Declaration that each field that is to produce Certified product has not in the preceding 3 years been subject to or planted with either Prohibited inputs or GMO crops
  • This Declaration also sets out the ASP grower members requirement to ensure they understand and actively participate in sustainable communities and enhancing environments

Harvest Production Declaration

  • Signed declaration by the farmer that the Standard has been adhered to and that no known incidents have occurred during the life cycle of the crop which would prohibit the produce from being sold as ASP Certified
  • That the samples required have been taken as per the Standard requirement for testing
  • That the reporting and documentation required has been kept and records maintained

Grain Testing and Auditing

  • Grain produced under the ASP Certification process is sent for pesticide residue testing prior to any grain being allowed to leave the farm as ASP Certified
  • ASP Certified Auditors who are highly experienced industry participants specialised and trained in farming production systems. They specialise in and understand Natural Resource Management and the importance of growing and supporting regional communities. They are accredited project managers and Auditors
  • The independent auditors are engaged through the ASP Certified licenced marketing body to ensure and validate the declarations and compliance of the ASP Growers
  • They also validate the testing which has occurred on the produce, which then allows marketing body to ensure that the ASP Certified Standard has been rigorously followed.

The farmers are required to validate their compliance to the standard by producing evidence i.e. Production records, Input register, operations reports. Copies of relevant evidence is recorded by the Auditors and kept on file. The Auditors also complete field inspections of production and storage areas. Visual inspection is also undertaken on the Natural Environment and Natural Assets of the ASP member’s property.

In the event of non-compliance

Should the auditor believe for any reason that there is inadequate evidence successfully to grant compliance to the ASP Certified Standard, the auditor must immediately report the non-compliance to the ASP Certified Producer, agronomist and ASP Certified Standards Review Board for investigation. The ASP Certified producer will be given a corrective action report and they will then liaise with the ASP Standard Review Board to ensure they make corrective action. Any grain produced from this farming unit will be withdrawn from sale as ASP Certified and sold into the conventional market.

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