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Organic Production

The demand for organic food products has grown substantially over recent years. This has caused many farmers to consider organic production as a way of increasing revenue on their farm. However, organic production is much different than commodity production. It requires a whole new set of regulations and production processes.

Organic Crop Budgets are important tools when starting or expanding your organic program. Using Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets provides you assistance in effectively using these budgets. Organic Budget Tools allow you to create your own budgets specific to your situation.

The Organic Transition Course is a 15-hour online program designed to help you understand the National Organic Standards and use them as your framework for making the transition to organic production. The Organic System Plan tool is to help you assemble the necessary documentation to apply for organic certification through an accredited certifying agent.

For more information on this topic, see the links listed below of articles posted on related Web sites.

Understanding Organic

Certification and Regulation

  • Assistance in Organic Production, Marketing and Certification - Economic Research Service, USDA -- This page provides a summary of provisions that directly affect the U.S. organic sector.
  • National Organic Program – Economic Research Service, USDA -- The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements and administers national production, handling and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.
  • Certification - The National Organic Program.
  • Certifying Agents – The National Organic Program.
  • Labeling Packaged Products – The National Organic Program.
  • Organic Farm Certification & the National Organic Program - Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas -- Outlines the considerations involved in “going organic” and the basic steps to organic certification. The sole exemption to mandatory certification is also discussed.


Links checked July 2014.


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