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. NEW: Farmers’ Market Vendors
12. NEW: Labeling Fresh Market Produce


Business & Education

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



25.  Organic Poultry Production: Eggs
26.  Organic Poultry Production: Meat
27.  Pasture and Living Conditions for Organic Ruminant Animals
28.  Protect Livestock in Hot Weather
29.  Transitioning to Organic Beef Production
30.  Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production
31.  Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Dairy Production
32.  Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Meat Production



33.  Considering Risk Before Starting an Organic Orchard
34.  Managing Pests & Diseases in an Organic Apple Orchard
35.  Organic Tree Fruit Certification
36.  Planning the Organic Orchard
37.  Resources for Organic Orchardists

Organic Processing

38. Managing Allergen Risks in Processed Foods
39. Processing With a Co-Packer
40. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Iowa
41. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Minnesota
42. Regulations for the Disposal of Poultry Waste for Onsite Mobile Processing Units: Wisconsin
43. Sanitation for Organic Food Processing
44. 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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