Organic production is a system that integrates "cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity." (Source: NOP) Find subject guides and links related to:
Organic ProductionOrganic Seed Resource Guide: Introduction and Table of Contents
Collects basic information on organic seed, organic seed certification and regulation, legal protections, organic seed production practices, research and education organizations, and seed quality testing and certification for the United States.
National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Access ATTRA's full-text publications on organic farming topics. They cover organic regulation, certification, transition and history, production of specific crops and livestock, pest control, soils and fertilizer issues and marketing. Lists organic agriculture experts, organizations and other information sources.
Organic Agriculture: Innovations in Organic Marketing, Technology, and Research.
Plant Management Network.
Symposium Proceedings of a workshop held October 6-7, 2005 at ERS's Waugh Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Focused on producer options and obstacles, market growth, developing the organic sector, educational resources, assessing benefits of organic production, and exploring research opportunities.
USDA: Organic Farming
United States Department of Agriculture.
The "1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming" summarizes findings of a comprehensive study and assessment of organic farming in the United States and Europe.
Statistics About Organic Farming and Organic Markets/Marketing: Selected Resources
USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.
Find U.S. and international data about organic acreage, sales, prices and more from government, industry and organizational sources.
Cyber-Help for Organic Farmers
Canadian Organic Growers; Certified Organic Assocations of British Columbia.
Works to facilitate organic food production in Canada and increase farmer access to electronic information. A "Learning" section focuses on organic crop and livestock production, production systems, marketing, certification, soil testing and animal welfare. Offers access to full text news articles and a database of seed sources for Canadian growers.
Complete Results of the Fourth National Organic Farmers' Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace (PDF | 761 KB)
Organic Farming Research Foundation.
The results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation's 2001 survey of organic farmers in the United States offers insight into "organic farmers' experiences, attitudes and needs around marketing organic products."
NRCS: Organic Farming
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service
"The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to organic producers to assess resource concerns, plan and install conservation practices, and meet natural resources conservation requirements for organic certification."