Organic Standards for Crop Production: Excerpts of USDA's National Organic Program Regulations

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By Ann H. Baier

Published: 2008

Updated: April 2012



20 pages


This collection of excerpts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program provides the reader with key standards relevant to organic crop production. This publication should be used together with excerpts for all certified organic operations, as well as with those for organic livestock production and handling of organic agricultural products, as applicable.

Table of Contents

Land requirements
Soil fertility and crop nutrient management
Seeds and planting stock
Crop rotation
Crop pest, weed and disease management
Wild-crop harvesting
Synthetic substances allowed in organic crop production
Non-synthetic substances prohibited in organic crop production
Selected terms defined

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