Transitional Production Plan

A Transitional Production Plan (TPP) is a tool for producers transitioning to organic and looking to get certified organic. The TPP prepares producers for organic certification and helps producers develop an organic management plan for the transition period. A completed TPP can be reviewed and signed by a USDA accredited certifier and can be used… Continue reading Transitional Production Plan

To Certify or Not to Certify Webinar

Mark Keating, who has been working in organic, local, and sustainable agriculture since 1988, answers your questions about organic certification. He began his career working as a farm laborer and food processing technician, and has spent stretches working in cooperative extension, state and federal civil service, academia and journalism. He worked for the USDA National… Continue reading To Certify or Not to Certify Webinar

Organic Sound and Sensible Resources: Understanding the Rules, Certification, and Inspections

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has put together a resource hub of guides, videos, and other tools that help farms and businesses understand the USDA organic standards, certification process, and inspections in more depth. In this hub of resources is the Sound and Sensible resources, a series of short videos that help to explain the… Continue reading Organic Sound and Sensible Resources: Understanding the Rules, Certification, and Inspections

The Road to Organic Certification: Interactive Video

This interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style video puts viewers in the shoes of two farmers—Bruce, an established fourth-generation wholesale farmer; and Candace, a newer, direct-market farmer who uses sustainable practices—as they consider organic certification. Viewers make decisions with Candace and Bruce as they learn about applications, organic system plans, and the roles and relationships of certifiers, inspectors,… Continue reading The Road to Organic Certification: Interactive Video

Evaluating Organic Transitions at the Field Level

This publication provides information on making plans to transition to organic crop production. It helps outline the need for a transition crop plan, the importance of individual crop budgets, and evaluating results.