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:

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.

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."

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Offers an indepth discussion on Economic Research Service (ERS) research and the economic issues related to organics. Provides recent ERS research developments, readings and data, questions and answers and related ERS services or products on this issue.

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The 2016 survey results show that “U.S. farms and ranches produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, up 23 percent from 2015. During the same year, the number of organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217 and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to 5.0 million.” The survey covers acreage, production, sales, and marketing practices.

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.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

The Topic Room organizes research results on "organic production practices and approaches from over 30 years" of Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) grants. Resources, organized by topic, provide information on "how to manage pests, choose seeds and stock, develop a whole-farm system approach, market products, implement conservation practices on an organic farm, transition to organic, become certified," 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.

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

The yearbook includes statistics from an annual survey on organic agriculture world-wide and documents recent developments and trends in global organic farming.  Annual editions from 2000-2017 are available in PDF free, online.

USDA. Agricultural Law Information Partnership.

Information about organic food regulations, including the definition of "organic", and answers to questions about purchasing organic food.

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