Organic: Transitioning to Organic

Organic: Transitioning to Organic

Organic: Transitioning to Organic

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This transitioning to organic page has many resources on how to convert from a conventional farm to an organic farm. In this section, find information on nutrient management plans, training for beginning farmers, handbooks, guides, manuals and workbooks on how to transition.

Organic Transition

 

The profit potential of transitioning to organic production—along with other rewards—has farmers, ranchers and food business owners across the country considering the switch. But successfully managing your business through the multi-year transition process requires careful planning. Use Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs to develop an actionable business transition plan that is suitable for yourself, your management team or a lender.

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Developing Successful Organic Horticulture Farms: Practical Training for Ag Professionals

 

A series of Power Point presentations developed for ag professionals on the principles of organic farming, building soil quality, and managing weeds, pests and diseases.

National Organic Farming Handbook

 

This thirty-page resource was developed to support NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals as they work with organic producers. The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

NOFA Handbooks

 

A series of eight handbooks for new farmers or established producers seeking to transition to organic or improve their current practices. Print only; order from Chelsea Green.

Nutrient Management Plans: California

 

This document is an instruction guide for creating and implementing a nutrient management plan on certified or transitioning organic lands in California.

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Nutrient Management Plans: Idaho

 

This document is an instruction guide for creating and implementing a nutrient management plan on certified or transitioning organic lands in Idaho.

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Nutrient Management Plans: Western Region

 

This document is an instruction guide for creating and implementing a nutrient management plan on certified or transitioning organic lands in the Western Region.

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Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast

 

An interactive website to help ag professionals develop successful organic education programs.

 

Resources for Conservation Planning on Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Operations

 

This document discusses existing tools and resources that support successful conservation planning on organic and transitioning to organic operations.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

A Guide for Conventional Farmers Transitioning to Organic Certification

California Farm Stewardship Association Organic Transition Resources

Making the Transition to Organic: 10 Farm Profiles

Oregon Tilth Transition to Organic Quick Start Guide

Organic Production

Transitioning from Conventional to Organic

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Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2017
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West
 

Organic Production Topic Room Contents

Information is available on the following topics:

Insects | Weeds | Pathogens

Whole Systems

Seeds

Nutrient Management | Cover Crops | Manure

Tillage

Animal Systems

Marketing

Certification

Conservation

Transitioning to Organic

Important: Some of the publications in the Organic Production topic room cover practices and suggestions that do not align 100 percent with organic certification requirements. Users should read carefully and always check with their organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials.