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What steps help ensure that participating farms adhere to CNG standards?

Every certified member must complete an online application. That is reviewed by CNG staff. Once accepted, it’s posted on their online profile for the public to see. The annual peer-review inspections also help ensure the program’s integrity. The local nature of the peer-review model is a benefit too, since nearby farmer-inspectors are much more likely to know what’s happening on your farm throughout the season than a third-party inspector who visits once a year for a pre-arranged inspection. Peer-support networks that develop often help ward off challenges that might tempt someone to cheat because they fear losing a crop.  Peer-inspectors who participate in CNG have a stake in protecting the program’s integrity. 

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