Organic: Whole Systems

Organic: Whole Systems

Organic: Whole Systems

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This whole systems page provides information on whole farm planning, horticultural systems and grain systems. Topics covered include conservation, cover crops, organic farm examples, nutrient management plans and research on soil, crop and farming systems.

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd Edition

 

Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color.

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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

 

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture. 

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Cover Crops and No-Till Management for Organic Systems

 

This Rodale Institute fact sheet reviews the use of cover crops and no-till in organic systems, including selection, establishment and mechanical termination of cover crops; crop rotations; and energy and production budgets.

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems

 

Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems: California

 

Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems: Idaho

 

Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems: Nevada

 

Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.

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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems: Oregon

 

Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.

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Cover Crops and No-Till Management for Organic Systems

 

This Rodale Institute fact sheet reviews the use of cover crops and no-till in organic systems, including selection, establishment and mechanical termination of cover crops; crop rotations; and energy and production budgets.

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Cover Crops in Organic Systems

 

This document provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations in the Western Region.

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Cover Crops in Organic Systems: California

 

This document provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations in California.

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Cover Crops in Organic Systems: Idaho

 

This document provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations in Idaho.

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Cover Crops in Organic Systems: Oregon

 

This document provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations in Oregon.

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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

 

Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

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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.

Earthen Path Organic Farm

 

Steven Schwen’s farming roots were established during the ‘back to the land’ movement in the 1970s. Earthen Path Organic Farm grew out of his vision of a sustainable world based on local economies.

FARMDATA

 

FARMDATA is an online system for tracking and reporting crop production data, particularly for organic vegetable growers. The system can be used for keeping records on seeding, transplanting, harvest, cover crops, compost, fertilization, irrigation, pest scouting and spraying activities, packing, distribution and customer invoicing. FARMDATA uses smart forms that help with calculations and remember key data.

Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production

 

In this webinar, learn about tomato grafting and how it can be used to manage diseases in organic open-field and high tunnel farming systems.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

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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 Grain Production Video Series

 

A series of videos developed by University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and USDA-ARS on organic grain production.

Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast

 

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

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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Reduced Tillage and Cover Cropping Systems for Organic Vegetable Production

 

This information sheet captures research by Virginia Tech and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming to develop cover crop-based, reduced-tillage systems for organic vegetable production.

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Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project

 

A quarterly newsletter and 24-minute video outlining this long-term systems project researching the transition to organic production.

Transitioning to Organic Production

 

Transitioning to Organic Production lays out many promising conversion strategies, covering typical organic farming production practices, innovative marketing ideas and federal standards for certified organic crop production.

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Whole-Farm Nutrient Planning for Organic Farms

 

A 16-page booklet that helps organic farmers understand their soil test results and use these results wisely and compliantly, within the USDA National Organic Program standards. 

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Product specs
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.