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.

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.

Organic Farming Research Foundation.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation measured the level of organic activity at Land Grant institutions based on research, education and outreach. Factors included degrees or certificates offered, certified organic land acreage, organic Extension resources, and organic/sustainable college farm operations

eXtension. Cooperative Extension Service.

This six-webinar series on organic seed production from the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA)
covers a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of organic seed production.

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

Searchable database of organic seed for agronomic and horticultural crops.

eXtension. Cooperative Extension Service.

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."  Read the Organic Farming Handbook, find funding and technical assistance, and view webinars on conservation topics.

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.