Organic Fact Sheets

These sheets provide easy-to-follow explanations about complex certification requirements or provide insights from our Organic Specialists about topics related to organic farming.

Download fact sheets from the list below, or contact our office to request a title by mail. Organizations are welcome to download, photocopy and distribute fact sheets without charge to groups of farmers.

The USDA Risk Management Agency, which supports our educational programs for farmers, provided the majority of funding for these fact sheets.


Field Crops & Market Farming

1.  Converting CRP Land to Organic Production
2.  GAPS: Bringing Good Agricultural Practices to Your Farm
3.  How to Choose Cover Crops
4.  Managing Soil Fertility and Organic Matter
5.  Marketing Organic Grains
6.  Organic & Sustainable Pest Control
7.  Protecting Your Organic Land from Unwanted Chemical Sprays
8.  Season Extension
9.  Transition to Organic Crop Production
10. Transition to Organic Vegetable Production
11. Labeling Fresh Market Produce
12. Checklist for Exempt-From-Certification Organic Farmers Selling Produce
13. Farmers Market Managers: Guide to “Organic” at Your Market
14. Farmers Market Vendors: Guide to Using “Organic” at Markets
15. FSMA Produce Safety Rule for Farmers Market Vendors



Business & Education

16.  Educational Opportunities in Sustainable & Organic Agriculture
17.  Estate Planning
18.  Funds for Farmers webpage.
19.  How to Choose a Certification Agency & the Organic Certification Process
20.  How to Write a Conservation-Focused Land Rental Agreement
21.  Local and Organic: The Benefits and Differences
22.  Organic Farming CAN Feed the World
23.  Rural Women’s Project
24.  Start Farming! Resources for Beginning Farmers
25.  The Facts about Organic Agriculture
26.  What is Organic Agriculture?
27.  What You Should Be Saying About Organic Farming
28. Whole Farm Revenue Protection




29.  Organic Poultry Production: Eggs
30.  Organic Poultry Production: Meat
31.  Pasture and Living Conditions for Organic Ruminant Animals
32.  Protect Livestock in Hot Weather
33.  Transitioning to Organic Beef Production
34.  Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production
35.  Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Dairy Production
36.  Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Meat Production



37.  Considering Risk Before Starting an Organic Orchard
38.  Managing Pests & Diseases in an Organic Apple Orchard
39.  Organic Tree Fruit Certification
40.  Planning the Organic Orchard
41.  Resources for Organic Orchardists


Organic Processing

42. Managing Allergen Risks in Processed Foods
43. Processing With a Co-Packer
44. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Iowa
45. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Minnesota
46. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Wisconsin
47. Sanitation for Organic Food Processing
48. Sourcing Organic Ingredients for Processing



Additional Resources

ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service)
More than 300 easy-to-read titles covering organic production, livestock, horticultural crops, business and marketing, farm energy, water and pest management and more. 43 fact sheets available in Spanish.

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