Special Update: Coronavirus Resources

USDA

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).

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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.

National Young Farmers Coalition COVID-19 Resources

The National Young Farmers Coalition offers a comprehensive listing of financial, educational, and marketing resources.

Organic Trade Association

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.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

CAFF is compiling tips, resources, and guidelines to help keep you safe, informed, and in business during this crisis.

CCOF 

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.

General Resources

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program

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

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

National Organic Program (NOP)

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.

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

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…

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…

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA 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)

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.

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

Cover Cropping on Beds: Novel Equipment and Ideas
Produced and narrated by Dr. Eric Brennan, USDA-ARS

NRCS: Assistance for Organic Farmers
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS: Healthy Soil
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS: Weed Management
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS: Habitat
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS: Irrigation
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS: Pasture Management
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/reduced-tillage-system-organic-production

Reduced Tillage System for Organic Production
Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach