National Resources

At OFRF, one of the ways we stay informed is through our relationships with other organizations working toward the success of organic farmers.

National Organic Program

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.

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. 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.

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. 2018 FARM BILL

eOrganic

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

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