Farmed Smart Certification
The Spokane Conservation District has partnered with the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association to develop a direct seed certification program. The Farmed Smart Sustainable Agriculture Certification offers farmers a marketable consumer brand for their adherence to defined conservation standards, certifies that they are utilizing sustainable practices, and develops markets for certified sustainable products. The certification standards will help ensure that water quality, air quality, soil quality, and wildlife habitat are being improved while also requiring criteria be met in the areas of energy conservation and economic viability for each farm. This certification will provide a platform to educate stakeholders on the social and environmental benefits of direct seed farming practices and provide recognition and value to producers who are raising dry-land crops under these practices.