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.
For growers certified by other leading farm certification organizations, Salmon-Safe partners with Oregon Tilth and GLOBALG.A.P. to conduct Salmon-Safe assessment as an efficient and cost effective overlay that can delivers two labels in a single inspection visit.
During the current pandemic, Salmon-Safe offers virtual assessment for qualifying growers in areas subject to public health and mobility restrictions due to COVID-19. This is a temporary measure in response to restrictions preventing planned on-site assessments and reassessments during regular certification cycles. Find out more about our COVID-19 Assessment Protocol.
Salmon-Safe's independent expert assessors conduct farm assessments. Salmon-Safe's independent expert assessors conduct farm assessments. If you are currently certified through one of our partners like Oregon Tilth or GLOBALG.A.P., you may be able to achieve Salmon-Safe certification through an efficient and cost effective overlay assessment by your existing certifier that delivers multiple labels 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.
Williams, OR (Rogue River watershed)
Carnation, WA (Snoqualmie River watershed)
Yakima, Washington (Yakima River watershed)