Consumers are pushing for food and products grown organically, free from synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. The demand is outpacing production, creating a ripe opportunity for farmers who become certified organic.
Benefits of becoming a certified organic farmer:
• Access to the organic marketplace and a premium price for your product
• Reduced exposure to potentially toxic agricultural chemicals
• Increased profits due to reduced need for expensive chemical inputs
• Improved soil fertility and less erosion
• Better water quality on your farm and the surrounding area
• Yields equal to or higher than non-organic crops*
• More effective management through certification record-keeping
• Backing of scientific studies showing organic is good for health and the environment*
• Satisfaction of growing crops and raising livestock in harmony with natural systems
* Read Facts about Organic Agriculture (Fact Sheet below) to see the research supporting these statements.
Learn more about:
Download a free Fact Sheet:
What is Organic Agriculture? provides a brief overview of farming practices and certification rules. (2 pages)
How to Choose a Certification Agency & the Organic Certification Process offers questions to ask prospective agencies and fellow farmers to help you choose the best agency for your operation. Also provides details about the process of becoming certified. (2 pages)
Facts about Organic Agriculture examines common myths about organic farming and counters with the real facts. (4 pages)
Go more in-depth
- How to become certified
- What is allowed in specific types of production
- How to market your organic products
- How to contact national organic agriculture agencies and organizations
Download PDF Guidebook
Request Printed Guidebook
Looking for a certifier?
Our Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory includes listings for organic certification agencies.Search the Directory
Learn more about organic farming from the USDA.