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Guide for Organic Crop Producers

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By Pamela Coleman

Published: 2003

Updated: November 2012



64 pages


New farmers, and farmers experienced in conventional agriculture, often find that obtaining organic certification for their crops is quite challenging. This guide is intended to help lead farmers through the organic certification process. Chapters 1 through 4 explain the National Organic Program (NOP) and describe the process of organic certification. Later chapters explain specific USDA organic regulations that apply to planting, soil fertility, pest management, and other farm practices. In addition to interpreting the regulations, this guide explains the practices and materials that are allowed for organic production.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Organic Agriculture Description and History

Chapter 3: The Certification Process

Chapter 4: Writing the Organic System Plan (OSP)

Chapter 5: Soil Fertility

Chapter 6: Seeds and Planting Stock

Chapter 7: Crop Rotation

Chapter 8: Managing Pests, Weeds, and Diseases

Chapter 9: The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

Chapter 10: Greenhouse Production

Chapter 11: Preventing Contamination of Organic Crops

Chapter 12: Post-Harvest and Labeling

Chapter 13: Recordkeeping

Chapter 14: Structural Pest Management

Chapter 15: Resources

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