Organic Farming

Data show consumer demand for certified organic foods continues to increase. The sale of organic products in the U.S. has grown more than 30% since 2016, and the number of organic producers is up almost 40%.

With the organic market growing steadily, you may be interested to learn more about organic certification and organic production options.

These resources offer guidance in preparing for certification, and in production methods for a range of organic crops and livestock. Many of these practical resources were developed in response to producer questions, and they deal with issues related to specific products, as well as production methods, marketing, and organic certification requirements.

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ATTRA’s Organic Farming Resources

Sheep manure in a cover cropped walnut alley. This farmer stopped grazing sheep in their walnut orchard due to the potential risk (and liability) of contamination by pathogens from undecomposed manure contacting walnuts during harvest.
Cow and calf on a holistic farm
Linda Coffey checking for signs of illness in goat
Piglets in line at Prater Farm
organic Magness pears
Hands holding organic strawberries from Canada
Harlequin stink bug egg masses, first instar hatchlings and 4th instar nymphs.
Entomologist Brad Higbee explains the benefits of areawide insect pest suppression to Jerry Wattman, manager of this apple orchard near West Parker Heights, Washington.
cow eating turnip
Organic vegetables
A cow and calf grazing on a summer cover crop of pearl millet.