The hard copy of my license came from the folks at the state AG dept a couple of weeks ago and its got me to ruminating again about how entirely worthless the entire process of certification is to my business. Its a big fat time drain, requires me to carry insurance that insures me for the mis-application of products I don't use, obliges me to send the state $60 I'd rather spend on beer, taught me nothing I didn't already know, and finally certifies me in a process that Im competing against so it hardly "legitimizes" me in the eyes of potential customers. I was making this very point to one of my customers when she suddenly chimed in that she was friendly with the State Rep. and could probably get me a meeting with her to discuss introducing legislation that might possibly lead to a specific certifying process for organics. Now in reality I don't know how much latitude the state would have to re-fashion these guidelines considering they all essentially ape the EPA but still. Much confused babbling ensued. I know what I don't like about the current process but I don't know how to best balance the needs of this side of the business with State's desire to be the public's mother and protect us all from snake oil. Any thoughts on how a legislator might draw that line??