USDA Programs

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. 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. 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.

Provides access to Program Standards, information on trade issues, materials on organic certification and accreditation including a listing of USDA accredited certifying agents, and resources for producers, handlers, processors and retailers regarding organic production and marketing. The factsheet, Is Organic an Option for Me? links to videos, training modules, resource guides, brochures, posters, and more. Also included with the factsheet are overviews and workbooks on how to get certified.

United States Department of Agriculture.

This guide describes and links to organic and organic-related United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. Some USDA programs specifically target organic farmers, ranchers, and handlers. USDA also provides research data and technical information; delivers organic education and knowledge to other USDA programs and the public, and offers marketing and infrastructure programs that assist with business development and marketing of organic operations.

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

Describes selected Farm Service Agency programs available to organic farmers.

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.

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. Foreign Agricultural Service.

Review the U.S. Census trade data on organic agricultural products. Read the Attache' Reports, press releases and recent news. Learn about organic regulations, importing and exporting, or trade issues. Locate subject experts, U.S. government programs and research or trade organizations.

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