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USDA Organic logo With the organic market growing steadily, you may be interested in learning 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 publications 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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Directory of Organic Seed Suppliers

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Guide to ATTRA's Organic Publications - AT005

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Organic Regulation, Certification, Transition & History

Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations - IP266

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems - IP470

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Documentation Forms for Organic Crop and Livestock Producers - IP412

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Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland - IP349

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Forms, Documents, and Sample Letters for Organic Producers - IP276

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Guide for Organic Crop Producers - IP225

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Guide for Organic Livestock Producers - IP228

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Guide for Organic Processors - IP421

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National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Handlers - IP301

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National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Producers - IP232

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Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems - IP472

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Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products - IP222

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Organic Certification Process - IP262

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Organic Market Farm Documentation Forms - IP285

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Organic Materials Compliance - IP313

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

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

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Organic Standards for Handling: Excerpts of USDA's National Organic Program Regulations - IP333

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

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Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock Production - IP409

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Organic System Plans: Field and Row Crops and Pasture and Range Systems - IP344

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Organic System Plans: Livestock Production - IP342

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Organic System Plans: Market Farms and Greenhouses - IP343

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Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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Preparing for an Organic Inspection: Steps and Checklists - IP261

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Pressure-Treated Wood: Organic and Natural Alternatives - IP362

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

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The Organic Chronicles No. 1: Mysteries of Organic Farming Revealed (Hmong language version) Phau ntawv qhia txog kev ua liaj teb tsis ywg tshuaj - IP364

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Organic Certification for Southern Farmers
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Organic Fruits

Apples: Organic Production Guide - IP020

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Blueberries: Organic Production - IP021

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Cherries: Organic Production - IP463

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Grapes: Organic Production - IP031

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Organic Culture of Bramble Fruits - IP022

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

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Peaches: Organic and Low-Spray Production - IP047

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Pears: Organic Production - IP167

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Plums, Apricots, and Their Crosses: Organic and Low-Spray Production - IP386

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Strawberries: Organic Production - IP046

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Tree Fruits: Organic Production Overview - IP028

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Organic Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs

Cole Crops and Other Brassicas: Organic Production - IP175

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Garlic: Organic Production - IP320

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Herb Production in Organic Systems - IP224

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Herbs: Organic Greenhouse Production - IP164

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Organic Allium Production - IP138

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Organic Greenhouse Tomato Production - IP190

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Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production - IP078

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Organic Pumpkin and Winter Squash Marketing and Production - IP371

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Organic Tomato Production - IP439

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Plug and Transplant Production for Organic Systems - IP160

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Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production - IP188

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Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets - IP464

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Seed Production and Variety Development for Organic Systems - IP272

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Sweet Corn: Organic Production - IP336

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Sweetpotato: Organic Production - CT128

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Organic Field Crops

Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems - IP470

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Documentation Forms for Organic Crop and Livestock Producers - IP412

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Farmer Profiles: Two Organic Grain Farm Case Studies - IP387

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Hops: Organic Production - CT115

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Nutrient Management in Organic Small Grains - IP391

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Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems - IP472

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Organic Alfalfa Production - IP234

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Organic Cotton Production - IP233

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Organic Crop Production Overview - IP170

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Organic Field Corn Production - CT113

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Organic Rice Production - CT143

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Organic Small Grain Production Overview - IP408

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Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock Production - IP409

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Organic Tobacco Production - IP322

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Peanuts: Organic Production - IP329

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Pursuing Conservation Tillage Systems for Organic Crop Production - IP183

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Seed Production and Variety Development for Organic Systems - IP272

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Weed Management in Organic Small Grains - IP390

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Organic Livestock

Dairy Resource List: Organic and Pasture-Based - IP307

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Documentation Forms for Organic Crop and Livestock Producers - IP412

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Guide for Organic Livestock Producers - IP228

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Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers Database - IP171

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Organic Poultry Production in the United States - IP331

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Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate Methionine - IP363

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

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Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock Production - IP409

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Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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Pastures: Going Organic - IP297

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Predator Control for Sustainable & Organic Livestock Production - IP196

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Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements - IP185

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Organic Control of Pests

Biointensive Integrated Pest Management - IP049

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Bug Vacuums for Organic Crop Protection - IP194

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Colorado Potato Beetle: Organic Control Options - CT107

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Cucumber Beetles: Organic and Biorational Integrated Pest Management - IP212

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Deer Control Options - CT131

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Downy Mildew Control in Cucurbits - CT111

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Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control - CT065

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Flea Beetle: Organic Control Options - CT114

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Aphid Control - IP149

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Thrips Control - IP148

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Whitefly Control - IP168

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Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops - IP144

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Organic Alternatives for Late Blight Control in Potatoes - IP131

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Organic Control of White Mold on Soybeans - IP133

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Organic IPM Field Guide - n/a

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Plums, Apricots, and Their Crosses: Organic and Low-Spray Production - IP386

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Predator Control for Sustainable & Organic Livestock Production - IP196

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Squash Bug and Squash Vine Borer: Organic Controls - IP298

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Use of Baking Soda as a Fungicide - IP130

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Organic Soils & Fertilizer Issues

Assessing the Pasture Soil Resource - IP128

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems - IP470

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Manures for Organic Crop Production - IP127

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Notes on Compost Teas - IP118

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Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems - IP472

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Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production - IP112

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Protecting Water Quality on Organic Farms - IP214

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Soil Management: National Organic Program Regulations - IP270

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Sources of Organic Fertilizers and Amendments

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Organic Marketing

Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers - IP438

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Marketing Organic Grains - CT154

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Organic Marketing Resources - IP124

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Links to Organic Farming Information from Other Sources

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
The homepage for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is a good source of information generally. The CCOF handbook can also be downloaded.
California Organic Program
The text of The California Organic Foods Act of 2003 can be downloaded from this site, as well as organic sales reports.
Canadian Organic Growers
Canadian Organic Growers Inc. is Canada's national membership-based education and networking organization representing farmers, gardeners and consumers in all provinces. Articles from past issues of The Canadian Organic Grower magazine and its predecessors are available online.
Center for Environmental Farming Systems - Organic Research Unit
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems conducts organic research and farming systems research, and has a project specific to organic grain production and marketing.
Farm Made: A Guide to On-Farm Processing for Organic Producers
A publication from the Kerr Center that contains information about how organic management can bring many benefits to the farm. One of these is better net income. A major contributing factor to an improved bottom line is the premium that organic commands in most markets. However, as production increases and organic products go mainstream, premiums are likely to decline, and organic farmers are likely to face the same economic pressures as their conventional neighbors. One way to avert this is by adding value to organic crops through on-farm organic processing.



This publication also contains an overview and four example enterprises; Sorghum Syrup; Packaged Fresh Salad Greens; Jams, Jellies, and Spreads; and Table Eggs.
Government of Saskatchewan, Crops - Organics, Canada
The Government of Saskatchewan has some fine publications on organic crop production on the plains.
Guide to US Organic Certifiers
The Rodale Institute and the Organic Farming Research Foundation have collaborated to create an online resource where farmers can find comprehensive profiles of participating organic certifiers, including fee structures, available services and geographic areas served.
How to Go Organic.com
The Organic Trade Association offers this online collection of existing resources for anyone exploring how to transition to organic. Includes sections for producers and processors, as well as regional and national directories and a resource library.
International Organic Inspectors Association
IOIA is a non-profit, professional association of organic farm, livestock, and process inspectors dedicated to verification of organic production practices. The mission of IOIA is to address issues and concerns relevant to organic inspectors, to provide quality inspector training and to promote integrity and consistency in the organic certification process.
Iowa State University - Organic Agriculture
This site includes a calendar of events, research and educational reports, production information, resources, regulations, and other links.
Michigan Department of Agriculture
MDA devotes a section of their Web site to news and information on organic farming.
National Organic Program
The National Organic Program website is the place to find and download copies of the Final Rule, learn about current NOSB recommendations, get a history of the National Organic Program, and more.
NC Organic
An organic agriculture internet resource for North Carolina farmers.
Opportunities in Agriculture: Transitioning to Organic Production
A 32-page publication from the Sustainable Agriculture Network provides a detailed overview of organic farming and ranching—from designing profitable rotations and building healthy soil to controlling weeds and pests.
Organic Agriculture at FAO
Sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Organic Consumers Association
Focuses on pro-organic and anti-GMO activism by building a network of organic consumers.
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Homepage for OFRF (Organic Farming Research Foundation) and its highly visible SCOAR (Scientific Congress for Organic Agriculture Research) Project. Site features the results of OFRF organic farming surveys, a study of land-grant university support for organic research, information on biotechnology, and lots more.
Organic Food Program
The Web site of the Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Food Program.
Organic Price Report (OPR)
The New Farm® Organic Price Report ™ from The Rodale Institute® publicizes weekly price updates of organic prices for a range of goods alongside conventional prices in the same region.
Organic Production and Certification
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Program
Organic Trade Association
Homepage for the Organic Trade Association (OTA). OTA is the premier organization representing the US organic industry. The site has a large searchable database of organic businesses, including importers, exporters, buyers, suppliers, growers, and others.
planorganic.com
planorganic.com is a commercial site maintained by Jim O'Connor, of Co. Cork, Ireland. A good site for links to an abundance of organic resources, many of them European.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Production Practices
Rutgers University has published a number of organic production budgets for the northeastern states that are available at this site.
Soil and Health Library
"The Soil & Health Library" is an excellent site that keeps many of the classic writings on organic farming—such as Sir Albert Howard's books—accessible to us.
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) disseminates generic and specific (brand name) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. It also conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by the organic industry.
USDA - Economic Research Service - Organic Farming & Marketing
This briefing room site is maintained by the USDA's Economic Research Service. A good site for current statistics.

 

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