This Checklist has been created to assist in assessing the compliance of your farm or ranch operation with National Organic Program Standards.
This Checklist has been created to help you evaluate your handling or processing operation to assess how it complies with the National Organic Program Standards.
Organic farmers and ranchers must provide a wide range of documents to retain certification by the National Organic Program. This publication provides sample copies of some common forms, letters, maps, and other documents in current use.
Market resources for organic food and fiber products, including organic prices, sales data, market trends, and other market data, organic trade associations, directories, and other organic marketing publications and resources, with contact inform
This publication is an introduction to regulations related to organic pasture and rangeland in the United States.
This collection of standards from the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) provides the reader with key standards relevant to certified organic livestock production.
In organic poultry production systems, birds are raised without cages in housing that allows outdoor access, are fed organic feed and managed with proactive practices and natural treatments.
This resource list helps organic livestock producers locate sources of organic formulated feed rations or feed ingredients. You can search by state or by type of product.
The following are many sources of information helpful to organic and pasture-based dairy farmers. This annotated list provides information on some of the best resources, both in-print and online, but the list is not meant to be all inclusive.
This publication takes a look at organic hog production specifically. While not attempting to be comprehensive, it focuses on a number of areas of compliance, and more importantly, on some overarching issues of sustainability and animal welfare.
The forms in this 53-page package are provided as tools that farmers can use for documenting practices, inputs, and activities to demonstrate compliance with regulations or to assist in other aspects of farm record keeping.
In order to become certified organic, producers must demonstrate to an accredited certifier that their farm operation complies with National Organic Program regulations.
This publication takes a brief look at conservation tillage as it may be applied to organic cropping systems. A number of the most promising strategies and technologies are described, and abstracts of recent research are provided.
There are three types of documentation that enable accredited certifying agents (certifiers) to verify a producer’s compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) Regulations: a) The producer’s records of farm/livestock operation activities b
This publication suggests various management practices to help prevent or control damage by deer to field crops, orchards, landscapes and gardens.
This publication is designed to help farmers, watershed managers, and environmentalists understand what healthy riparian areas look like, how they operate, and why they are important for the environment and society.
Micro-hydro power projects can sustainably harvest energy from on-farm water resources and produce mechanical and electrical power.
Farm hydropower projects have existed for many years, from waterwheels used for grinding grain and forging to modern hydroelectric turbines designed to run compressors and motors.
This publication introduces concerns and practices specifically related to sustainable sheep production.
Well-managed forage systems contribute significantly to the sustainability of a farm/ranch operation. This publication addresses numerous aspects of sustainable pasture integration, grazing rotation strategies, and management options.
Market demand is rapidly increasing for sustainably raised and organic beef products. Pasture-based or grass-based livestock production relies on biodiversity and ecological complexity to maintain production with the use of less costly inputs.
This publication addresses the two different directions in which hog production is currently moving: 1) contracting with large-scale vertical integrators (producers/packers/processors linked from farrowing to packing to the retail counter), and 2
Goats: Sustainable Production Overview provides fundamental information relevant to all goats, especially about feeding, reproduction, and health. An extensive resource list is included.
Alternative poultry production is growing due to consumer demand for specialty products from cage-free or free-range birds. This publication discusses the differences between alternative and conventional production systems.
This publication provides an overview of the considerations involved in selecting, cultivating, and marketing alternative agronomic crops. Experimenting with alternative crops can be profitable but involves risk as well.