Salmon-Safe Farm Certification

Ecologically sustainable agricultural practices that protect water quality and wildlife habitat

Photo Credit: Goschie Farms

The Salmon-Safe farm certification program is focused on management practices in six primary areas: riparian area management, water use management, erosion and sediment control, integrated pest management and water quality protection, animal management, and biodiversity conservation.

Our standards were developed over a three-year period with biologists, agronomists, and farmers, and have been tested in the field since the late 1990s at more than 900 farms in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and British Columbia across a variety of crops.

Qualifying Candidates

  • + Farms across the West Coast including northern California, British Columbia, and the interior Columbia Basin
  • + Farms utilizing integrated pest management (IPM), biodynamic, or organic practices
  • + Specialty crops, ranching, commodity crops, dairy
  • + Farms located on rivers as well as upland sites where impacts are primarily downstream

Certification Process


Salmon-Safe's independent expert assessors conduct farm assessments. We often partner with Oregon Tilth, GlobalGAP and other leading farm certification organizations to conduct Salmon-Safe assessment as an efficient and cost effective overlay that delivers multiple certifications in a single inspection visit.


Salmon-Safe's peer reviewed standards focus on watershed impacts from farm operations, recognizing farms for “going above and beyond” regulatory mandates by doing their part to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.


Farms that achieve certification are promoted with the Salmon-Safe label. Salmon-Safe farm certification is valid for 3 years, subject to annual verification of satisfactory progress toward meeting any certification conditions.

Interested in Farm Certification?

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