How are we doing?
Find Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterst Visit the ATTRA Youtube Channel

What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

Master Publication List

Education

Energy Alternatives

Beginning Farmer

Field Crops

Horticultural Crops

Livestock & Pasture

Local Food Systems

Marketing, Business & Risk Management

Organic Farming

Pest Management

Soils & Compost

Water Management

Other Resources

Home Page


Contribute to NCAT



Newsletter icon Newsletters

Newsletter sign up button

· Privacy Policy
· Newsletter Archives




RSS Icon XML Feeds

RSS 2.0: Events, Breaking News, Funding Opportunties
Atom: Events, Breaking News, Funding Opportunties


NCAT strives to make our information available to everyone who needs it. If you are a limited-access or low-income farmer and find that one of our publications is just not in your budget, please call 800-346-9140.
Default Font Size Increase Font Size Increase Font Size
Home > Master Publication List > Guide to ATTRA's Organic Publications

Guide to ATTRA's Organic Publications


Holly Michels
Editor
©2006 NCAT. Updated 2009
#AT005


Group of farmers walking
Photo by Susan Tallman, NCAT.

Abstract

Since 1987, the National Center for Appropriate Technology's ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has provided the organic farming community with timely and helpful information on production and marketing. Now that organic agriculture has entered a new era of expanding growth, sophistication and federal regulation, the need for information has moved to a new level. To meet that demand, NCAT has sharpened its focus on certified organic agriculture.

We are forming new partnerships with other organizations, creating new materials and updating old ones, tackling new issues and bringing fresh perspectives to familiar questions. In order to assist you in using our service, we've created this guide to our organic publications. In it, you will learn what these publications contain and how to use them.

Table of Contents

Organic rule and compliance

Organic Certification Process - IP262

The Organic Chronicles publication cover

This publication is designed to help organic producers and handlers understand, prepare for and get the most from the process of organic certification to U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards, including the purposes and benefits of the inspection and a description of the process and the role of the organic inspector.

Organic Standards for Crop Production: Highlights of the USDA's National Organic Program Regulations - IP332

This publication describes the key requirements of the National Organic Program (NOP) for organic crop production including land management, seed and planting stock, crop rotation and pest management. It also provides lists of allowed and prohibited substances.

Organic Standards for Handling (Processing): Highlights of the USDA's National Organic Program Regulations - IP333

This publication describes the key requirements of the National Organic Program (NOP) for handling and processing organic materials including facility pest management, contamination prevention, product composition and labeling. It also provides a list of accepted and prohibited materials.

Preparing for an Organic Inspection: Steps and Checklists-IP261 (companion to IP262)

A companion to Organic Certification Process, this publication is designed to help organic producers and handlers understand, prepare for and get the most from their annual inspections.

Organic Farm Certification and the National Organic Program-IP222

This publication discusses considerations in going organic, basic steps to certification and the sole exemption to mandatory certification.

National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Producers-IP232

This publication will help you learn how to assess the compliance of your farm or ranch operation with National Organic Program (NOP) standards.

National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Handlers-IP301

This publication guides you through assessing the compliance of your handling or processing operation with the National Organic Program (NOP) standards.

Organic Field Crops Documentation Forms-IP230

These forms provide farmers with a clean and organized way to document information that may be important for compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) standards.

Organic Materials Compliance- IP313

This publication discusses three main ways to ensure compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations of agricultural materials and substances. The goals are 1) an understanding of the System Plan (OSP) with your certifier, and 3) thorough recordkeeping of all purchases and use of materials.

The Organic Chronicles No. 1: Mysteries of Organic Farming Revealed-IP314

This illustrated story briefly explains the ecological ideas behind organic agriculture, including information about switching to organic methods.

Organic Crop Production Overview-IP170

This is an overview of key concepts and practices of certified organic crop production, with perspectives on many notions, myths and issues that have become associated with organic agriculture.

Forms, Documents and Sample Letters for Organic Producers-IP276

This publication includes supplementary letters, forms and other documents producers can use to demonstrate compliance.

Organic Orchard, Vineyard, and Berry Crop Documentation Forms-IP238

Orchardists and viticulturists can use the forms in this publication for documenting practices, inputs and activities that demonstrate compliance with regulations or that assist in farm recordkeeping.

Organic Market Farm Documentation Forms-IP285

The 23 forms in this package are provided as tools that market gardeners and produce farmers can use for documenting practices, inputs and activities that demonstrate compliance with regulations or that assist in other aspects of farm recordkeeping.

Organic Field Crops Documentation Forms-IP230

This publication contains tools farmers can use for documenting practices, inputs and activities to demonstrate compliance with regulations. The forms can also assist in farm recordkeeping.

Organic Livestock Documentation Forms-IP237

This publication contains tools that livestock producers can use for documenting practices, inputs and activities that demonstrate compliance with regulations. The forms can also assist in farm recordkeeping.

Organic Standards and Certification Presentation-(PDF only)

This is a PowerPoint presentation overview of the National Organic Program standards and steps to become certified. It was designed as a training tool for cooperative extension agents, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other technical service providers.

Organic Integrity in the Field: Preventing Contamination and Seeking Compensation- (PDF only)

This PowerPoint presentation, with speaker notes and a ready-to-print workshop handout, outlines strategies for preventing crop contamination with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and other prohibited materials and the steps to be taken if contamination occurs.

Southern Organic Resource Guide- IP279

This publication was designed to help certified and transitioning organic farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee minimize and manage risks associated with obtaining and maintaining organic certification.

Transitioning to Organic Production-IP241 (Sustainable Agriculture Network publication, print only)

This publication includes conversion strategies, covering typical organic farming production practices, innovative marketing ideas and federal standards for certified production. For a free print copy of this publication, call 1-800-346-9140 (English), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time or 1-800-411-3222 (Español), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday-Friday.

Back to top

Farm inputs

Suppliers of Seed for Certified Organic Production-RL040 (online only)

This publication will help you locate sources of seed certified organic or otherwise acceptable in accordance with the 2002 National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. It includes suppliers of open-pollinated, heirloom vegetable seed and seed for agronomic crops, with a focus on regionally suitable varieties.

Seed Production and Variety Development for Organic Systems-IP272

Research to develop seed varieties for organic production and technical information is increasing. The USDA is training farmers on participatory breeding practices to increase the availability of organic seed. This publication provides information on these issues.

Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers- IP171 (online only)

This is a searchable online database of suppliers offering certified organic livestock feed. It is categorized by region and by type of livestock feed.

Pressure-Treated Wood: Organic and Natural Alternatives-CT170

Organic producers need to remember that treated lumber is not allowed under the Final Rule of the National Organic Program. This publication includes information on alternative products.

Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control-CT065

This publication provides information about increasing and managing biodiversity on a farm to favor beneficial organisms, with emphasis on beneficial insects. Topics covered include plants that attract beneficials; pests and predators; seed blends to attract beneficial insects; farmscaping; hedgerow establishment; maintenance budgets; and a flowering period table.

Biointensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM)-IP049

This publication provides the rationale for biointensive integrated pest management (IPM) and outlines the concepts and tools of biointensive IPM. It suggests steps for implementing IPM and provides information resources.

Organic Integrated Pest Management Pictorial Field Guide

This pictorial guide examines concepts of organic IPM and the role of beneficials, focusing on ecologically based strategies to prevent pests. The guide is available on CD or online and include these sections: 1) Beneficials, beneficial habitat and insect pests 2) Plant disease management 3) Weed management 4) Vertebrate pest management.

Protecting Water Quality on Organic Farms-IP214

This publication discusses strategies for preventing water pollution on organic farms in relation to concerns such as transition to organic and nutrient management.

Southern Organic Resource Guide- IP279 (see Organic Certification for Southern Farmers) (online only)

Designed to help certified and transitioning organic farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, this publication covers minimizing and managing risks associated with obtaining and maintaining organic certification.

Determining and Documenting the Acceptability of Organic Farm Inputs (see Organic Certification for Southern Farmers) (online only)

This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and a ready-to-print workshop handout will help producers determine which fertilizers, amendments, pesticides, seeds and planting stock are allowed in crop production. It includes organics basics and how to reduce dependence on off-farm inputs. [Workshop Handout]

Comparing Energy Use in Conventional and Organic Cropping Systems-IP339

Energy consumption in conventional and organic production systems can vary greatly depending on direct energy inputs as well as the indirect energy involved in manufacturing, shipping and applying pesticides and nitrogen-based fertilizers. This publication examines several studies that reviewed energy use in various cropping systems.

Back to top

Marketing and business

Enterprise Budgets and Production Costs for Organic Production-RL041

This resource list contains Internet-based sources of enterprise budgets and production cost information for organic production of horticultural and agronomic crops and for organic livestock enterprises.

Organic Marketing Resources- IP124

This publication provides market resources for organic food and fiber products, including organic prices, sales data, market trends and data, organic trade associations, directories and other organic marketing publications and resources, with contact information.

Southern Organic Resource Guide (online only)

This user-friendly reference handbook is designed to help certified and transitioning organic farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee minimize and manage risks associated with obtaining and maintaining organic certification.

Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching-IP294

This overview of the major federal conservation programs provides resources for farmers and ranchers to enhance and maintain sustainable farming and ranching practices.

Back to top

Horticultural crops

Fruits

Organic Grapes publication cover

These publications provide detailed information on the sustainable and organic production methods of a variety of fruits as well as strategies for pest management.

Vegetables, herbs and flowers

These publications provide detailed information on the sustainable and organic production of a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Greenhouse production

These publications provide information on various aspects of sustainable and organic greenhouse production of various horticultural crops as well as information about the greenhouse industry.

Other organic horticultural crops topics

Organic Crop Production Overview-IP170

This publication provides an overview of key concepts and practices of certified organic crop production, with perspectives on many notions, myths and issues that have become associated with organic agriculture over time.

NCAT's Organic Crops Workbook-IP225 (PDF only)

This workbook is for organic and transitional producers with cropping or mixed crop and livestock operations. It was created to assist in understanding the range of practices and materials allowed under the NOP Regulations.

Back to top

Field crops

These publications provide information about sustainable and organic production of various field crops including information relating to soil and weed management, planting and tilling methods and alternate crops.

Other organic field crops topics

Organic Crop Production Overview-IP170

This publication provides an overview of key concepts and practices of certified organic crop production, with perspectives on many notions, myths and issues that have become associated with organic agriculture over time.

NCAT's Organic Crops Workbook- IP225 (PDF only)

This workbook is for organic and transitional producers with cropping or mixed crop and livestock operations. It was created to assist in understanding the range of practices and materials allowed under the NOP Regulations.

Pursuing Conservation Tillage Systems in Organic Crop Production-IP183

This brief look at conservation tillage for organic cropping systems focuses on annual cropping systems for agronomic and vegetable systems.

Flame Weeding for Vegetable Crops-IP165

This publication discusses different strategies for preemergent flame weeding and postemergence flame weeding, as well as infrared weed control and steam and hot water weed control.

Back to top

Livestock

Pastures:Going Organic publication cover

Organic Standards for Livestock Production: Highlights of the USDA's National Organic Program Regulations-IP334

This collection of excerpts from the USDA's National Organic Program provides the reader with general requirements for organic livestock management, including information about origin of livestock, feed, health care and living conditions, as well as lists of substances both allowed and prohibited in production.

Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Coccidiosis-IP245

This publication discusses the life cycle of coccidiosis, as well as transmission in free-range production, management in the brooder and on pasture, natural treatments, drugs and vaccines.

Considerations in Organic Hog Production-IP185

This publication provides information about hog product ion compliance with the National Organic Program, as well as insight into sustainability and animal welfare.

NCAT's Organic Livestock Workbook-IP228 (PDF only)

This publication is for organic and transitional producers with livestock or mixed crop and livestock operations. It is meant especially for producers contemplating conversion to, and those in the early years of transition to, organic production.

Predator Control for Sustainable and Organic Livestock Production-IP196

This publication examines how to identify livestock predators and how to control them. It focuses primarily on the control of coyotes and dogs through management practices, such as fencing and secure areas, and the use of guard animals, such as dogs, donkeys and llamas.

Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers- IP171 (online only)

This is a searchable online database of suppliers offering certified organic livestock feed. It is categorized by region and by type of livestock feed.

Pressure-Treated Wood: Organic and Natural Alternatives -CT170

This publication reminds producers that treated lumber is not allowed under the Final Rule of the National Organic Program. It includes information on alternative products.

Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations-IP266

This publication discusses the potential for arsenic in poultry litter, which is often used by organic producers as a fertilizer and source of organic matter for soil.

Organic Poultry Production in the United States-IP331

This publication provides information about the National Organic Program standards for organic poultry production, including living conditions, genetics, feed and processing.

Dairy Resource List: Organic and Pasture-Based-IP307

This annotated resource list offers many sources of information helpful to organic and pasture-based dairy farmers. Topics include general organic dairying, pasture productivity, animal management, milk marketing and farm energy.

Pastures: Going Organic-IP297

This is an introduction to regulations related to organic pasture and rangeland in the United States, including allowed activities and materials, fertility, weed and insect pest management issues, as well as organic integrity and recordkeeping.

Building a Montana Livestock Industry-IP346 (PDF only)

This report begins with the cost of production survey and includes a report on how Montana Organic Producers Cooperative members can better access regional and national markets. In a broader sense, this report provides an understanding of the value chain of the organic grass-finished beef market from the producer to consumer.

Back to top

Soils and compost

Soil Management: National Organic Program Regulations-IP270

This publication provides management guidelines for meeting the objectives of the National Organic Program and explains why these objectives are essential for maintaining sustainable, organic production systems.

Assessing the Pasture Soil Resource-IP128

This technical note provides methods to determine biological activity of pasture soils and practical tips on improving the usefulness of typical soil and plant samples.

Sustainable Soil Management- IP027

This publication covers basic soil properties and management steps toward building and maintaining healthy soils.

Pursuing Conservation Tillage Systems for Organic Crop Production-IP183

This brief look at conservation tillage for organic cropping systems focuses on annual cropping systems for fi eld crops and vegetables.

Sources of Organic Fertilizers and Amendments-RL044 (online only)

This database allows users to search for suppliers of organic fertilizer by state, product category or keyword.

Manures for Organic Crop Production-IP127

This publication addresses the challenges of raw and composted manures including produce quality concerns, pollution and fertility imbalances in relation to the National Organic Program.

Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations-IP266

This publication discusses the potential for arsenic in poultry litter, which is often used by organic producers as a fertilizer and source of organic matter for soil.

Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production-IP112

This publication will aid producers in finding sources of acceptable potting media or making their own that comply with National Organic Program standards.

Back to top

Pest management

Cucumber Beetles publication cover

These resources provide an array of sustainable techniques for the reduction or elimination of insects, weeds and diseases without jeopardizing soil health or water quality.

Disease pest management

Insect pest management

Weed pest management

Other organic pest management topics

Deer Control Options-CT131

Signs for Organic Farms publication cover

This publication details several deer control strategies including fencing techniques, scare devices, repellants and culling.

Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control-CT065

This publication contains information about increasing and managing biodiversity on a farm to favor beneficial organisms, with emphasis on beneficial insects.

Biointensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM)-IP049

Targeted to individuals interested in agriculture at all levels, this publication provides the rationale for biointensive IPM, outlining concepts and tools, with suggested steps and informational resources for implementing IPM.

Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops-IP144

This publication provides information about IPM for both vegetable and ornamental greenhouse crops, including monitoring, sanitation, biological controls, biorational controls, insect growth regulators and disease control strategies.

Organic Integrated Pest Management Pictorial Field Guide (online and on CD only)

This pictorial guide examines concepts of organic IPM and the role of beneficials, focusing on ecologically based strategies to prevent pests.

Back to top

Publicaciones en Español/Spanish publications

Los Escarabajos del Pepino: Manejo Integrado de Plagas–MIP Orgánico y Bioracional–SP212

(Cucumber Beetles: Organic and Biorational Integrated Pest Management)

La Certificación Para Granjas Orgánicas y el Programa Orgánico Nacional–SP264

(Organic Certification and the National Organic Program)

Fresas: Producción Orgánica–SP246

(Strawberries: Organic Production)

Las Crónicas Orgánicas No. 1: No Tenga Pánico Vuélvase Orgánico–SP310

(The Organic Chronicles No. 1)

Producción Orgánica de Lechugas de Especialidad y Verduras Para Ensalada–SP260

(Specialty Lettuce and Greens: Organic Production)

El Proceso de la Certificación Orgánica–SP262

(The Organic Certification Process)

Cómo Prepararse para la Inspección Orgánica–SP261

(Preparing for an Organic Inspection)

 


Guide to ATTRA's Organic Publications
Holly Michels, Editor
Amy Smith, Production
AT005
Slot 352
Version 091911

 

Back to top

This page was last updated on: April 26, 2012