Firm Profile

Accreditations

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ASCO Accreditations, Equivalencies, Agreements and Export Arrangements:

  • ISO 17065 – USDA/AMS
  • National Organic Program - USDA/AMS
  • NOP/COR - US-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement
  • NOP/EU Equivalency
  • US/Japan MAFF Agreement
  • USDA/COA - Taiwan Export Arrangement

Company Profile: Memberships

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ASCO memberships:

Company Profile: The ASCO Team

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ASCO is comprised of experienced and knowledgeable individuals with a combined experience of over 100 years in organic and conventional agricultural.

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Katherine Borchard
ASCO Director

NOP & ISO 17065 Program Director, Organic Certification, Materials Verification, Food Safety, Sustainable Ag Programs

  • Co-founder of ASCO
  • Served as Monterey County Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner for 25 years
  • Co-founded the first county organic certification program in the nation
  • Managed county organic program, state and local organic program enforcement
  • Managed county pesticide use enforcement program
  • Managed county fruit-vegetable program of quality control enforcement
  • Organic Certification Approvals
  • Management of agricultural education programs

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Gerry Willey
ASCO Director

NOP & ISO 17065 Programs, Director, Organic Certification, Materials Verification, Food Safety, Sustainable Ag Programs

  • Co-founder of ASCO
  • Served as Monterey County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner for 29 years
  • Co-founded the first county organic certification program in the nation
  • Supervised county fruit-vegetable program of quality control enforcement
  • Supervised local and state organic enforcement program
  • Organic certification Approvals
  • Developed and administered agricultural crop statistics and produced county crop report

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Sue Baird

Certification Approvals, Materials Verification, International Specialist-Foreign Country Requirements, NOP & ISO 17065 Auditor, Crop Production, Handler-Processor and Livestock Inspections

Sue Baird brings a wealth of experience to the ASCO team, having served as the Technical and Regulatory Affairs Liaison for Quality Assurance International (QAI), Program Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the Organic Program and the Feed and Seed Programs and served as Quality Assurance Supervisor for Cargill Inc. Poultry Products.


Sue's expertise includes:

  • Enforcement of International Standards
  • NOP and ISO 17065 Auditor
  • Organic Certification approvals
  • Organic Crop Production and Handler-Processor Inspections and Audits
  • Livestock Specialist
  • Trainer - Audits, Livestock, Crop Production and Handler-Processors

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Cindy Douglas
Organic Inspector
Crop Production, Handler-Processor, Livestock

Cindy Douglas is a valuable member of the ASCO team with her expertise having worked as a compliance manager for approval of organic inputs materials in the organic industry, a materials review coordinator for OMRI, pest control advisor and farm manager.

Cindy’s expertise includes:

  • Organic Crop Production and Handler/Processor Inspections and Audits
  • Livestock Inspections
  • Pesticide residue sampling
  • Input materials review

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Heather Golden
Food Safety and Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) &
Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Heather Golden's education and experience as a Food Safety Advisor in developing and implementing Food Safety Policies and record reporting systems and Sustainable Agriculture are an asset to ASCO clients who enter the ASCO Food Safety and LGMA Verification and Sustainable Agricultural Practices Certification Programs.

Heather's expertise includes:

  • Food Safety & LGMA Audit and Inspections for conventional and organic operations
  • Assessment audits of Food Safety Programs including monitoring and compliance to USDA, FDA and GFSI benchmarked standards.
  • Products GAPs Harmonization Initiative Auditor to the Harmonization Food Safety Standards
  • ISO 9001-2008 Lead Auditor
  • FSSC 22000 Internal Auditor
  • HACCP
  • Sustainable Agricultural Practices

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Laurence London
Certified Crop Advisor
Organic Inspections, Materials Verification Inspections and Audits, Residue Sampling

Laurence's (Lorenzo) experience working as a PCA for over 30 years in fertilizers, soil amendments and pest control agents makes him a very important member of the ASCO team. His knowledge and experience in Food Safety and LGMA requirements also bring an additional advantage to the ASCO team.

Lorenzo's expertise includes:

  • Organic Crop Production and Handler-Processors Inspections and Audits
  • Manufacturing Input Materials Verification Audits and Inspections
  • Residue Sampling
  • Food Safety & LGMA Audit and Inspections for conventional and organic operations
  • Agronomist and Pest Control Advisor-Stanislaus Farm Supply
  • Integrated Pest Management-California State University Fresno
  • Nursery and Pesticide Supervisor-Sunnyside Nursery

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Gay Timmons
NOP & ISO 17065 Auditor
Personal Care Products, Handler-Processor Inspections, Inspector Training

Gay Timmons is an expert in personal care standards and ingredient formulations, Organic System Plans and requirements of ISO 17065 and International Standards. Gay's expertise in auditing and training brings a high level of quality to the ASCO team for certification standards.

Gay's expertise includes:

  • Personal Care Products Inspections and audits for organic products
  • Organic Handler-Processor Inspections and Audits
  • Organic Formulations and Ingredient Verification
  • Trainer- International Organic Inspectors Association,
  • USDA Compliance Trainer
  • NOP and ISO 17065 Auditor

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Gail Young
Chief Inspector/Reviewer
Organic Inspections, Ingredient Verification, Inspector Training

Gail Young brings great value to the ASCO team. She has over twenty years experience in regulatory enforcement of conventional and organic operations having served as a Supervising Produce Inspector for Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office:

Gail's expertise includes:

  • Organic Crop, Handler-Processors, Livestock, and Personal Care Products Inspections and audits
  • Fruit and Vegetable Quality Standards
  • Pesticide Use Enforcement & Vertebrate Pest Management

Company Profile: Mission Statement

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The mission of Agricultural Services Certified Organic, LLC is to provide quality, express and economical organic certification services as established by the National Organic Program that meets the individualized needs of our clients in the global market place

Certification areas:

  • Crop Production
  • Handlers / Processors
  • Livestock
  • Wild Crops that for sustainable agriculture