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. Agricultural Law Information Partnership.

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

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

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.

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Find a specific USDA certified organic farm or business by name, or search for an operation with specific characteristics or certified products.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Data, presented in 13 tables, show the change in certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States from 1992 to 2011.

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

"This publication provides resources to compare organic and conventional agricultural prices, discusses organic production costs, and offers tips on how to set organic crop prices."