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:

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.

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; and a USDA Organic Resource Guide 2015" [PDF] to USDA programs.

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. 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.

United States Department of Agriculture.

View webinars from a 2011 national conference that examined findings from U.S. research on organic farming systems, including two key types of research--long-term farming experiments and nationwide economic producer surveys.

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."