Organic Production

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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:

Magnifying glass sitting on a laptop computer keyboard. [Source: IStock International, Inc.] Organic Production and Organic Food: Automated Database Searches

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Conduct automated, real-time, searches to locate current resources on organic agriculture. Find books, articles, Web sites, information resources, subject experts and educational opportunities.

Organic Seed Resource Guide: Introduction and Table of Contents

eXtension. eOrganic.

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.

Organic Farming

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.

1980 Report and Recommendations on 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.

Final 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 2004 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."