Special Update: Coronavirus Resources
The USDA has announced flexibilities for organic certification amid the coronavirus pandemic. Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email).
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The National Young Farmers Coalition offers a comprehensive listing of financial, educational, and marketing resources.
OTA’s Supporting Organic Farms and Businesses through the COVID-19 Crisis page provides information about COVID-19 and possible impacts on the organic industry and farmers.
CAFF is compiling tips, resources, and guidelines to help keep you safe, informed, and in business during this crisis.
CCOF is working with partners, allies, and other organizations to gather useful information for the community, including online marketing, financial assistance, and food safety.
OFRF offers several resources to help farmers and ranchers manage risk. All resources are available to download for free.
ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities.
eOrganic offers resources for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers, and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture at eXtension.
Established by Congress in 2001, this federal regulatory program develops and enforces uniform national standards 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.
OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics.
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…
NRCS provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to implement conservation improvements on their land. Read more…
USDA offers a variety of information and resources for organic farmers, both new and transitioning. Read more…
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.
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.