Resources for Organic and Transitioning Farmers

National Organic Program
Established by Congress in 2001, this federal regulatory program develops and enforces uniform national standars for organically-produced agricultural products soil in the United States. Operations as a public-private partnership, NOP accredits private companies and helps train their inspectors to certify that farms and businesses meet the national organic standards.

United States Department of Agriculture 
The United States Department of Agriculture offers a variety of information and resources for organic farmers, both new and transitioning. Read more...

United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency
RMA provides coverage for certified organic acreage and transitional acreage (acreage transitioning to certified organic acreage in accordance with an organic plan). Insurance can only be provided for any crop grown using organic farming practices when a premium rate for an organic practice is specified in the actuarial documents or there is an approved written agreement.

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities.  Read More..

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to implement conservation improvements on their land.  Read more...

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Since 1988, the SARE grants and education program has advanced agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.  Read more...

Federal Legislation
OFRF works on legislative issues at the federal level to develop federal programs and increase funding resources that support organic agriculture. Our three primary focus areas are the Farm Bill, Budget and Appropriations, and Food Safety rules that affect organic producers. Read more...

eOrganic offers resources for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers, and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture at eXtension. Read More...

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
NCAT is a national non-profit that helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

Instructional Videos
Furrow Cover Crops for Greener Strawberries & Other Plastic Mulched Crops
Produced and narrated by Dr. Eric Brennan, USDA-ARS

Produced and narrated by Dr. Eric Brennan, USDA-ARS
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Servic
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Additional Resources

How Do I Transition to Organic Production (University of Nebraska)

Transition to Organic (Rodale Institute)

Organic Transition Planner: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepeneurs (University of Minnesota)

Breaking New Ground: farmer perspectives on organic transition (Oregon State University)

Annual Report 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey 2017 (CTIC/SARE)

reThink Soil: A Roadmap to U.S. Soil Health (The Nature Conservancy)