USDA Programs

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.

"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. 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. Farm Service Agency.

Describes selected Farm Service Agency programs available to assist organic farmers with costs related to transitioning to organic, organic certification, real estate, buildings, repairs, insurance, field buffers, routine operating expenses, equipment, crop losses, soil and water conservation, and more.

USDA. Foreign Agricultural Service.

Review trade data and analysis on organic agricultural products. Read press releases and recent news. Learn about international organic regulations, importing and exporting, or trade issues. 

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The NIFA supports programs to address critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities and programs.

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.

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.

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