International, National, and Regional Educational and Outreach Resources

(Listed in alphabetical order)

The Southern Organic Resource Guide does not specifically endorse organizations or publications. We compiled this list of resources to assist with organic production and handling. Most of those listed were identi- fied as useful by organic farmers in the South. Please refer to the state-by-state sections of this Guide for more resources within each state.

    800-355-5313; 512-892-4400; 512-892-4448 FAX
    Acres USA is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering eco-agriculture. Published monthly, this magazine offers a comprehensive guide to sustainable agriculture. They publish the latest techniques for growing crops and livestock and sponsor an annual conference.

  2. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
    National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 132
    Beltsville, MD
    301-504-6559 301-504-6927 FAX
    The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) is one of several centers at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) that provide in-depth coverage of specific agricultural subjects. AFSIC focuses on sustainable and alternative agricultural systems, including organic farming and marketing and alternative crops. Recent organic-related guides include Organic Livestock Production: A Bibliography; Organic Agricultural Products: Marketing and Trade Resources; and Organic Gardening: A Guide to Resources 1989-September 2003. AFSIC provides library services (literature searches and resource referrals) and free publications. NAL, the foremost agricultural library in the world, is one of four U.S. national libraries, along with the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Library of Education.

  3. Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
    289A W. Main Street
    P.O. Box 791
    Abingdon, Virginia 24212
    ASD is a not-for-profit organization working in 10 counties of the Appalachian section of Virginia and Tennessee, a region that suffers from double- digit unemployment, emigration of young people, and chronic environmental problems. Formed in 1995 following a year-long community strategic planning process, ASD focuses on developing healthy, diverse, and ecologically sound economic opportunities through education and training, and the development of cooperative networks and marketing systems. ASD organizes workshops for farmers and gardeners, offers free technical advice for local growers, seeks to educate the general public about the benefits of organic farming, and helps to make locally grown organic foods available to area consumers. ASD maintains a small library of ATTRA materials and other publications relating to sustainable farming. A hands-on resource for farmers—the Appalachian Harvest Growers Manual—is available for $10.00. There is a wide variety of agricultural experience among the staff and participating farmers, and they are willing to help other farmers improve their farmland and their livelihoods. ASD also coordinates the Appalachian Harvest network of organic growers—a network of area farmers who cooperatively raise organic produce for the wholesale market.

  4. ATTRA-National Sustainable Agriculture
    Information Service
    P.O. Box 3657
    Fayetteville, AR 72702
    ATTRA is operated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology under a grant from the Rural Business-Cooperative Services, USDA. ATTRA publications cover organic production methods for every commonly produced crop and species of livestock. They also have information on the National Organic Program and the organic certification process, as well as workbooks to help producers establish and maintain certification. All publications are free to the public. ATTRA’s tollfree number connects callers to specialists knowledgeable about farm production, land management, and product marketing. More than 230 technically detailed but user-friendly publications are available freeof- charge either in print by calling 800-346-9140 or electronically at ATTRA specialists are also available to speak at conferences and to collaborate in project activities that promote sustainable and organic agriculture.

  5. Berea Garden Party
    Berea, KY
    Aiming to share social responsibility through the local sharing of food, labor, and goods and the networking of sustainability-related knowledge, news, and events, they serve as a model for the formation of other Garden Party groups.

  6. Biodynamic Association of America
    25844 Butler Road
    Junction City, OR 97448
    888-516-7797 or 541-998-0105
    541-998-0106 FAX
    The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDA), a non-profit organization open to the public, was formed in the U.S. in 1938 to foster, guide, and safeguard the Biodynamic method of agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture was inaugurated in 1924 by Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is a worldwide agricultural movement. It is one of the oldest non-chemical agricultural movements and pre-dates organic agriculture by some twenty years. In addition to avoiding chemicals, Biodynamics seeks to actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. Farms can be certified Biodynamic by the Demeter Association, an international certifier.

  7. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
    Tony Kleese, Executive Director
    P.O. Box 448
    Pittsboro, NC 27312

    Emile DeFelice, SC Director/CFSA Livestock Coordinator
    935 Main St. #1
    Columbia, SC 29201

    CFSA is a membership-based, nonprofit organization of more than 750 farmers, processors, gardeners, businesses, and individuals in North and South Carolina who are committed to sustainable agriculture and the development of locally based, organic food systems. Their mission is to support and expand local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating, and organizing farmers and consumers. Farmers, gardeners, and consumers founded the organization in 1979. CFSA has local chapters that develop educational programs, work on local solutions to pressing environmental and social problems, and provide a way for members to interact with others in their region. CFSA sponsors an excellent Sustainable Agriculture Conference each November, an Intern Referral Service, Elementary School Sustainable Gardening Curriculum, and local farm tours; publishes a bi-monthly membership newsletter, Stewardship News; and maintains a comprehensive Web site with good, basic educational materials for those interested in becoming certified.

  8. Clemson University
    Dr. Geoffrey Zehnder, Professor of Entomology and Coordinator,
    IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Programs
    Clemson University
    114 Long Hall, Box 340315,
    Clemson, SC 29634-0315,
    Clemson University maintains a certified organic demonstration farm and a USDA-NOP accredited certification program (Clemson University Feed and Fertilizer Services) within the state of South Carolina.

  9. Clinch Powell Community Kitchens / Appalachian Spring Cooperative
    Greg Golden, Kitchens Manager
    271 Highway 131
    Treadway, TN 37881
    423-733-4007 (phone and FAX)
    The Clinch Powell Community Kitchens, located in Hancock County, Tennessee, offers a low-cost, state-of-the art facility for processing foods for commercial resale. It is designed especially for the small- to medium-size food businesses, with technical expertise available on-site. The Appalachian Spring Cooperative includes more than two dozen such food entrepreneurs, and offers assistance in labeling, bulk buying of jars and other supplies, and marketing.

  10. Community Farm Alliance
    Deborah Webb
    614-A Shelby Street
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    502-223-0804 FAX
    The Community Farm Alliance is a grassroots organization committed to maintaining small family farms using sustainable methods of producing agricultural products.

  11. Community Food Security Coalition
    P.O. Box 209
    Venice, CA 90294
    The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. They seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. CFSC has more than 325 member organizations.

  12. Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    Kim Leval
    The consortium is dedicated to facilitating cooperation and collaboration among those involved in sustainable agriculture. They publish a newsletter (Inquiry in Action, formerly Consortium News) that reports on happenings in sustainable agriculture, lists new publications, posts job announcements, and includes an events calendar.

  13. Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG)
    Marty Mesh
    P.O. Box 12311
    Gainesville, FL 32604
    FOG links organic producers and consumers to educate the public about local and organically produced agricultural products, sponsors workshops, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Foghorn.

  14. Farming Magazine
    Sarah Baird, Editior
    P.O. Box 85
    Mt. Hope, OH 4466
    Quarterly magazine for the small-scale organic farmer. It explores “the intricate bonds connecting people, land, and community.”

  15. Georgia Organics, Inc.
    Alice Rolls, Executive Director
    P.O. Box 8924
    Atlanta, GA 31106
    Georgia Organics provides a variety of training venues for growers, gardeners, consumers, agricultural agents, and educators on topics concerning sustainable food and fiber systems and growing techniques. They host on-farm field days, an annual conference each winter that includes a trade show and children’s program, GO Feasts of local and sustainable produced foods, and a monthly Organic Living Series. Special programs include the Direct to Consumer Marketing Program to help family farmers earn more of the consumer’s food dollar, and Outreach and Mentoring to Underserved and Minority Farmers, which pairs experienced growers with new growers as part of a mentoring program that includes seminars and valuable hands-on learning through site visits to mentor and mentee farms.

    Building Capacity in Organic Agriculture Resource Manual, 2nd edition, produced in collaboration with USDA-RMA, is available for purchase and includes fact sheets titled Soil Health, Managing Pests Organically, and What is Organic Agriculture? In addition, an on-line workbook at helps farmers identify the direct marketing strategies that will best fit their farms. It provides up-to-date, key information on these markets in the South and additional references to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities in direct marketing.

  16. Gulf States Organic Association (AR, MS, and LA)
    Gerd Oppenheim, Board Member
    P.O. Box 267
    Norwood, LA 70761
    GSOA is a membership association that promotes organic agriculture.

  17. Herbert Green Agroecology
    825C Merrimon Avenue, Box 334
    Ashville, NC 28804
    828-252-6943 FAX
    Hebert Green Agroecology is a new, private company solely owned and operated by Dr. Mark A. Boudreau. Begun in 2004, this company provides short- or long-term temporary research and education support in organic and sustainable agriculture for farmers and researchers in the Southeast. A central component of this work is the Extension Underground, a network of professionals from the Southeast and Midwest who have knowledge and experience specific to organic farming. Organic producers can hire these professionals to help them with production, certifi- cation, or business management questions.

  18. Independent Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA)
    Margaret Scoles, Executive Director
    P.O. Box 6
    Broadus, MT 59317
    406-436-2031 (phone and FAX)
    IOIA is an international membership association of more than 225 organic inspectors from 15 countries. IOIA trains organic inspectors around the world, sponsoring at least a dozen trainings each year on inspecting organic crop, livestock, and processing operations, as well as on advanced organic inspection topics. IOIA schedules organic inspector trainings, responds to requests from interested co-sponsors, and provides scholarships. IOIA publishes inspection manuals and a quarterly newsletter, The Inspectors Report; maintains an inspector accreditation program; and engages in related training for the organic industry. IOIA collaborated with OTA to produce the Good Organic Retailing Practices Manual. IOIA membership includes several supporting categories. Inspector members work as independent contractors or employees of certification agents. Many also serve as trainers or consultants to those who need training to prepare for certification, while strictly maintaining separation of their roles as consultants and inspectors. IOIA maintains a comprehensive Web site.

  19. Information Collection and Exchange Peace Corps
    1990 K Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20526
    Peace Corps publishes manuals to aid Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and others working in developing countries. The manuals are excellent, practical, and applied. They provide background and how-to information to PCVs who might not be trained in the particular task at hand. The manuals are reprints of other publications, publications commissioned by the Peace Corps, or manuals written by PCVs. Their Bibliography of ICE Publications lists all the publications, and they will send the bibliography to individuals in the U.S. While materials housed in Washington are for the use of volunteers overseas and cannot be sent to U.S. addresses, many of these publications are available in the government documents section of most major university libraries.

  20. International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement
    Charles-de-Gaulle-Strasse Str 5
    53113 Bonn, Germany
    IFOAM’s mission is leading, uniting, and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Their goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially, and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of organic agriculture.

    Sources of marketing information found most useful
    by organic farmers

    Other farmers were cited by farmers as the most useful and most frequently used resource for marketing information.

    Farmers also cited as useful:

    • Local and regional organic market development
    • Organic-specific research and Extension services
    • Organic price reporting services
    • Directories of organic product buyers
    (OFRF 4th Annual Organic Farmers’ Survey, 2004,

  21. Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    209 Curtiss Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1050
    The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources. It was established under the Groundwater Protection Act of 1987 with a three-fold mission: to conduct research into the negative impacts of agricultural practices, to assist in developing alternative practices, and to work with ISU Extension to inform the public of Leopold Center findings.

    In late 2002, a vision statement was adopted: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in Iowa and the nation. As part of this new orientation, three research initiatives replaced the more general competitive grants research program. Each of the three research programs— marketing and food systems, ecology, and policy—is responsible for its own projects and educational events.

  22. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Road ES
    East Troy, WI 53120
    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute that is dedicated to preserving sustainable and organic agriculture. They provide student training, public policy support for sustainable agriculture, and sustainable food system development.

  23. National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
    P. O. Box 396
    Pine Bush, NY 12566
    914-744-8477 FAX
    This organization alerts its members to sustainable agriculture concerns that need an immediate response. They mail a one-page summary to members that gives background on the issue, a suggested response, and where to submit the response. Members are free to respond as they feel appropriate. Membership is free and available by contacting their office.

  24. Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service

    P.O. Box 339
    Spring Valley, WI 54767
    MOSES is a nonprofit organization working to promote organic and sustainable agriculture in the upper Midwest. Their focus is providing education for farmers. They host the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference and Organic University in late February in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; publish a bi-monthly newspaper, The Organic Broadcaster; and maintain a comprehensive list of publications for sale.

  25. Missouri Alternatives Center (MAC)
    531 Clark Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211
    MAC is a University of Missouri Outreach and Extension program that provides information and resources on alternative agricultural methods, including organic production.

  26. National Association for State Organic Programs (NASOP)
    Doug Crabtree, President
    Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program
    NASOP is a National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) affiliated organization. It is comprised of state organic marketing programs and state certification agencies. They provide a networking system for the state organic programs, state citizens, and the National Organic Program.

  27. The NEW FARM electronic newsletter
    The Rodale Institute, a global leader in regenerative agriculture, is devoted to innovative agriculture research, outreach, and training through The New Farm® programs. The Institute works with people worldwide to achieve a regenerative food system that renews and improves environmental and human health, working with the philosophy that “Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People.” The Web site reaches a global community of food producers to exchange valuable “farmer-to-farmer know-how.” presents compelling success stories and expert resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns, and community-building collaborations.

  28. The Non-GMO Report
    Ken Roseboro, editor
    641-472-1491 or 800-854-0586
    The Non-GMO Report is the only monthly newsletter that provides information needed to respond to the challenges of genetically modified (GM) foods. Subscribers to this report receive a copy of the annual Non-GMO Sourcebook, a Guide to Experts in GMO Testing, Identity Preservation, and Non-GMO Certification. The report includes a buyers’ guide to suppliers of non-GMO seeds, grains, ingredients, and foods, and for sources of organic seeds.

  29. Organic Consumers Association
    6101 Cliff Estate Rd.
    Little Marais, MN 55614
    218-353-7652 FAX
    The OCA is a grassroots nonprofit public interest organization that deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability. It is the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on representing the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 10 million organic consumers. The OCA serves as a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance for organic consumers.

  30. Organic Farm Research Foundation (OFRF)
    P.O. Box 440
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    831-426-6670 FAX
    The Organic Farming Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. They publish a newsletter, focusing on organic research. For results of the Fourth National Organic Farmer’s Survey, see Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace (OFRF, Erica Walz, 2004).

  31. Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
    Box 11558
    Eugene, OR 97440-3758
    OMRI is a nonprofit organization that reviews materials used for crop and livestock production and processing, to assess their compliance with National Organic Program standards. They publish a Brand Names Material List that is available on-line free of charge to the public. The Brand Names Material List is not comprehensive for all materials; it is limited to those companies that have paid to have their materials reviewed by OMRI. OMRI also publishes a Generic Materials List that is available to subscribing certifying agents and individuals.

  32. Organic Producer
    32647 US Hwy 14
    Lone Rock, WI 53556
    With their first issue in July/August 2005, the Organic Producer is the first national print magazine specifically for organic farmers. It is available bimonthly in both print and electronic formats. Its publishers actively solicit farmer involvement in the magazine.

  33. Organic Trade Association (OTA)
    50 Miles Street
    P.O. Box 1078
    Greenfield, MA 01302
    413-774 6432 FAX
    OTA represents the organic industry in Canada and the United States. It is made up of growers, farmer associations, processors, retailers, distributors, shippers, brokers, consultants, and certifiers. The association is concerned with all aspects of the organic agriculture industry, including production, markets, and legislation. It sponsors the annual “All Things Organic” food show and maintains an extensive Web site, with fact sheets and search tools to locate a variety of inputs and markets.

  34. Ozark Cooperative Warehouse
    P.O. Box 1528
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702
    479-521-4920 or 479-521-9100
    The Ozark Cooperative Warehouse was started in 1989 as a local buying club with two products. It now has more than 1,000 members and stocks more than 6,000 natural and organic products. Members are buying clubs located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. The cooperative is committed to buying and reselling local fresh organic and natural foods.

  35. Rural Advancement Foundation International, RAFI-USA
    P.O. Box 640
    Pittsboro, NC 27312
    919-542-0069 FAX
    RAFI-USA is dedicated to community, equity, and diversity in agriculture. While focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States, they also work nationally and internationally. RAFI-USA addresses major agricultural trends and works to create a movement among farm, environmental, and consumer groups to promote sustainable agriculture, strengthen family farms, and ensure responsible use of new technologies. Current focal issues include contract farming and the spread of GMO seeds.

  36. Rural Resources
    Sally Causey
    2870 Holley Creek Road
    Greeneville, TN 37745
    Rural Resources is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community in preserving and improving the agricultural land and rural heritage, and to developing a system for producing and marketing locally produced agricultural products.

  37. Small Farm Center
    University of California
    Davis, CA 95616-8699
    916-752-7716 FAX
    The Small Farm Center is an office that disseminates information relevant to small farmers, publishes a newsletter, Small Farm News, maintains a library on small farm topics, and has a catalog of for-sale publications on small farm topics.

  38. Small Farmer’s Journal quarterly magazine
    P.O. Box 1627
    Sisters, OR 97759
    Dedicated to “self-sufficiency, sustainability, and community,” the Small Farmer’s Journal has featured information on practical horse farming and the “how to’s” of the small farm since 1976. They also publish books on horse farming techniques and equipment used in horse farming.

  39. Small Farm Today
    3903 W. Ridge Trail Rd.
    Clark, MO 65243-9525
    Small Farm Today is a monthly how-to magazine of alternative and traditional crops, livestock, and direct marketing, established 1984 by a small farmer in central Missouri. It is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of small farming, rural living, community, sustainability, and agripreneurship. Small Farm Today sponsors an annual Small Farm Trade Show and Conference in Columbia, Missouri, in early November, the largest in the U.S. (more than 4,400 people and 150 exhibitors in 2004). Small Farm Today is a good source of information about smallscale farm equipment.

  40. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
    P. O. Box 324
    Elkins, AR 72727
    The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group is a coalition of more than 120 diverse organizations in 13 southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). It publishes a newsletter, Southern Sustainable Farming, and holds an annual meeting that features presentations on topics of interest to growers and displays by appropriate vendors. The SSAWG is taking a regional approach to the creation of a sustainable food and farming system.

  41. Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Publications
    University of Vermont
    210 Hills Building
    Burlington, VT 05405-0082
    Funded by USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, SAN offers many free publications on sustainable and organic production methods. The books are softcover and inexpensively priced to cover printing and handling. Titles include The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell About Organic and Low-Input Practices in the Northeast, Build Soils for Better Crops, and Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses.

  42. Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (USDA CSREES-SARE)
    Southern Region SARE Office
    Jeff Jordan, Program Director
    1109 Experiment St.
    Room 206, Stuckey Building
    University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station
    Griffin, GA 30223-1797
    770-412-4787 or 770-412-4789
    The SARE program works to increase knowledge about food and agricultural systems—including organic agriculture—that boost profits, stewardship, and quality of life. SARE offers competitive grants through a regional process and shares information through its Web page and the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN).

  43. Southeast Workers on Organic Farms (SEWOOF); Northeast
    Workers on Organic Farms (NEWOOF); and Willing Workers
    on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

    Southeast Workers on Organic Farms (SEWOOF)
    Janus Farms Institute
    1287 Stage Coach Rd.
    Silver City, NC 27344
    SEWOOF publishes a listing of organic farms in 13 southeastern states that take seasonal apprentices.

    Northeast Workers on Organic Farms (NEWOOF)
    P. O. Box 608
    Belchertown, MA 01007
    413-323-9594 FAX
    Northeast WOOF is an organic farm apprenticeship placement service, sponsored by the New England Small Farm Institute. They publish a list of available farm openings in February each year, with updates in the spring. Farms pay $8 for their listing. Northeast WOOF workers spend an entire season on a farm. They also publish a four-page directory of contacts for organic farming apprenticeship programs throughout the world.

    Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
    RR # 2 5-18 C-9
    Nelson, BC, V1L 5P5, Canada
    Don Pynches, Coordinator
    19 Bradford Road
    Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1RB, England
    Willing Workers on Organic Farms places individuals on organic farms on a work-for-lodging-and-learning basis. Workers can spend from a few days to a whole season on a farm. WWOOF operates in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Togo.

  44. University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station,
    Sharad C. Phatak, Ph.D
    100 Horticulture Building
    CAES, Tifton Campus
    Tifton, GA 31793-0748
    Dr. Phatak’s research objective is to develop “sustainable crop production systems” that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially acceptable. These systems use conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotations, biological controls, reduced fertilizer and pesticide use, and alternative crops that require fewer inputs.

  45. USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)
    ERS conducts economic research and develops and distributes a broad range of economic and other social science information and analysis on organic agriculture. The Briefing Room provides current US organic information and economic data and analyses.

    Two useful organic ERS publications are:
    US Organic Farming in 2000-2001: Adoption of Certified Systems
    (USDA Bulletin 780, 2003)
    Recent Growth Patterns in the US Organic Foods Market (ERS
    Bulletin 777, 2002)

  46. USDA National Organic Program (USDA-NOP)
    Room 4008-South Building
    1400 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20250-0020
    202-205-7808 FAX
    The NOP Web site includes organic regulations, a current list of USDANOP accredited certifying agents, consumer information, and all recommendations and activities of the 15-member National Organic Standards Board that advises the USDA. Certifying agents are listed with complete contact information by state, but certifiers often operate in other states or countries.

  47. Wild Farm Alliance (WFA)
    P.O. Box 2570
    Watsonville, CA 95077
    WFA has published guides to help farmers understand how to implement conservation practices and promote biodiversity in their operations.

  48. USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
    Research scientists with USDA ARS are increasingly focusing on organic production systems. On-going studies include of cover cropping practices, organic pest control, soil quality, and methods for converting conventional systems to organic systems.

  49. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
    NRCS technical experts can provide technical assistance to develop and implement conservation plans consistent with sound land use and the production of quality organic crops.

  50. USDA Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA)
    Jackson, MS Regional Office
    8 River Bend Place
    Jackson, MS 39232
    601-965-4517 FAX
    The Risk Management Agency administers the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which offers crop insurance products through private insurance company partners. Since 2001, RMA has provided coverage for both transitional and certified organic acreages. Through its competitive grants programs, RMA has also funded several outreach and extension projects that have benefited organic producers. International, National, and Regional Educational and Outreach Resources

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