Our Early Focus
From the outset, this certification was designed to benefit all stakeholders: Farmers, Processors, and consumers, built on the idea of a food community, not a food chain.
This was the focus from the start:
- The regeneration of Australia’s fragile soils which have lost so much carbon and fertility.
- Slash the huge and ever-increasing costs of imported synthetic farm inputs.
- Equitable farm gate prices for farmers so they can serve as land stewards to constantly improve their soils.
- Produce the healthiest food possible for consumers at a price mainstream Australians can afford.
Outcomes Based Monitoring
Farmers who have made the decision to participate in the ASP Certified Program are able to show the Auditor that fields to be certified are meeting outcomes the Standard requires 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 and testing of each paddock’s produce.
Once accepted into the ASP Certified Program by the ASP Standards Review Board the growers must complete the following annually.
ASP Certified Produce 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
- 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
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
Grain Testing and Independent Auditing
- Grain produced under the ASP Certification process is sent to independent laboratories for pesticide residue testing prior to any grain being allowed to leave the farm as ASP Certified
- Independent accredited Auditors who are highly experienced industry participants; specialising and trained in farming production systems facilitate the audit process. They understand Natural Resource Management and the importance of growing and supporting regional communities.
- These independent auditors also validate the NATA accredited testing which has occurred on the produce. This then allows the marketing body to ensure that the ASP Certified Standard has been rigorously followed, and supply traceability is ensured.
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.