Organic Production

All Organic signboard  @iStockOrganic production is a system that integrates "cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity." (Source: National Organic Program) Find subject guides, legislation, production information and links related to:

University of Kentucky. Center for Crop Diversification.

Provides information on organic production of selected crops including marketing channels, market outlook, and economic considerations for farm planning.  Links to related production guides and resources about specific crops, organic systems and certification, pest management, business issues, and more.

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The survey results show that 12,818 certified organic farms in the United States produced and sold a total of $6.2 billion in organic products in 2015, up 13 percent from $5.5 billion in 2014. The survey covers acreage, production, sales, and marketing practices.

United States Department of Agriculture.

"Many USDA agencies serve the growing organic sector. Whether you're already certified organic, considering transitioning all or part of your operation, or working with organic producers, we have resources for you. This portal connects you with programs, services, and educational materials that can help your organic farm or business."

eXtension. Cooperative Extension Service.

A collection of resources for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators. Topics include certification, marketing, cover cropping, insect management, plant breeding, plant disease management, seeds and seed production, soil and fertility management, and weed management. Learn about webinars, videos, case studies, tools, Web sites, publications, articles and more.

University of Arkansas. National Agricultural Law Center.

Provides access to major statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative law decisions related to organic food production, including the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and the National Organic Program. Also identifies related reports, publications and a law bibliography.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Search Organic Roots, an electronic collection of historic USDA publications related to organic agriculture. Contains almost 800 documents published before 1942 (before synthetic chemicals became widely used) that contain data that are still very pertinent for today's agriculture.

eXtension.  Cooperative Extension Service.

Provides information on organic seed, organic seed certification and regulation, legal protections, organic seed production practices, seed quality testing, weed management techniques, and research and education resources.  Includes an Organic Seed Resource Guide, Organic Seed Production Webinar Series and Organic Seed Growers' Conference broadcasts.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Serves as a starting place for entrepreneurs who are considering an organic enterprise and for producers of organic commodities who are researching potential markets and marketing schemes. Discusses the history of organic agriculture and related legislation, and identifies relevant information sources.