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:

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Searchable database of organic seed for agronomic and horticultural crops.

eXtension. eOrganic.

Collects basic information on organic seed, organic seed certification and regulation, legal protections, organic seed production practices, research and education organizations, and seed quality testing and certification for the United States.

Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA)

Database of organic seed vendors searchable by field crops, fruits and vegetables, and other organic crops.

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to organic producers to assess resource concerns, plan and install conservation practices, and meet natural resources conservation requirements for organic certification."

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

The Organic Literacy Initiative connects current and prospective organic farmers, ranchers, and processors with USDA resources. Available resources include Organic 101 training for the public and for USDA staff; "Is Organic An Option For Me?" brochure for farmers, ranchers and businesses; a USDA Organic Resource Guide 2015" [PDF] to USDA programs; and the USDA Blog that highlights organic topics.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA offers several programs that help organic farmers and ranchers meet the natural resources conservation requirements of organic agriculture. Other USDA programs are available for beginning, niche and small farmers; marketing programs; or crop and livestock insurance.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Data, presented in 13 tables, show the change in U.S. organic acreage and livestock numbers from 1992 to 2008.