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Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America.

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Key Resources Page

Some organizations, web sites, events and information resources stand out as critically important resources for organic producers and processors. On this page you can browse these key resources by broad categories that they fit into: Crops, Livestock, Business & Marketing, Certification or Processing and Handling. Some resources are so broad in their scope that you'll find them duplicated in several different areas.

Key Resources:
Crops and Farming
Business and Marketing
Livestock and Ranching
Processing and Handling

Resource Listing
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An Economic Modeling Tool for Farmers Thinking about Transitionota
The FarmSelect online tool allows farmers to compare the economics of conventional vs. organic production. All you have to do is enter your zip...
ATTRA on Organic Inspection and the Organic Certification Processota
This guide helps producers and handlers understand, prepare for, and get the most from the process of organic certification. It discusses the...
Canada-Based North American Organic Directoryota
This Database of Organics in Canada, includes a searchable list of organic supplies and services for producers and processors, including...
Certification Services on OTA's Organic Pages Onlineota
The Organic Pages Online's listings of certification services and consultants. Services are wide-ranging, from USDA/NOP compliance, producer and...
Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc. (MOSA)ota
MOSA, based in Wisconsin, was formed and incorporated in March of 1999 to serve the needs of producers and processors specifically in the Midwest...
MOSES' Fact Sheet, How to Choose an Organic Certification Agencyota
This fact sheet walks farmers through the questions to ask when choosing an organic certification agency. It also explains what an organic...
MOSES' Fact Sheets on Organic Certification, Transitioning to Organic Production, & Marketingota
MOSES offers fact sheets on organic certification, production and marketing in easy-to-understand formats. These resources simplify the...
MOSES' Guidebook to Organic Certificationota
MOSES Guidebook for Organic Certification, downloadable in PDF format, features a comprehensive and easy to read guide with answers to common...
Most Common Mistakes Made by Certified Organic Producersota
At the bottom of this web page is a section listing the most common mistakes made by certified crop operators. Producers can learn how to avoid...
New Farm Certifier Guideota
New Farm's guide to U.S. Organic Certifiers features not only a list of certifiers but opportunities to compare two certifiers and search...
Organic Consultants for Producers & Processorsota
Oregon Tilth offers a list of consultants across the US who provide advice to producers and processors on how to achieve organic certification...
Organic Crops Workbook: A Guide to Sustainable and Allowed Practicesota
This guide features descriptions of the basic requirements for crop certification--an organic system plan, soil management, weed management, etc....
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)ota
OFRF is the premiere organic policy and research promotion organization in the country. They advocate for organic policy and research funding in...
OTA's Organic Pages Online Directoryota
The Organic Pages Online directory features a broad array of certified organic products, supplies and services for the whole spectrum of the...
Dairy: Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance - NODPAota
The web site of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) includes links, directories, events information, marketing information, and...
Dairy: Transitioning to Organic Dairyota
In this collection of articles, the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance provides practical strategies for and insights into transitioning to...
MOSES' Fact Sheets on Transitioning to Organic Productionota
Fact sheets on transition, including resources for transitioning to organic crop production, organic dairy, organic vegetable production and...
New Toll-free Hotline Established for Farmers Interested in Organic Transition: Announced December, 2006ota
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), based in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, announced today a new toll-free Farmer Transition...
We the Farmers: A Web Site for Those Who want to Explore Organic Production with Organic Valleyota
The CROPP Cooperative, with it's well-know brands (Organic Valley and Organic Prairie) created this site to share information about the CROPP...
Organic 101: Organic Certification for Processors and Handlers--An All Things Organic Conference Sessionfee
Getting your facility certified for the first time can be daunting. Don’t go it alone! From this session available in multimedia recordings, find...
Organic 101: U.S. Organic Regulations in Plain English--An All Things Organic Conference Sessionfee
U.S. organic regulations are complicated; you may not be a regulatory specialist but you still need the basics in plain language. Find out how the...
ATTRA on Organic Certification & the NOP
This publication outlines the certification process and expains the steps to certification. The guide includes examples of certification fees and...
ATTRA's Organic Farming Page
ATTRA, the largest U.S. provider of information on organic and sustainable agriculture, hosts this organic resource page for farmers, full of links...
Creating an Organic Production and Handling System Plan: A Guide to Organic Plan Development, Including Standard Forms and Templates
Under the National Organic Program (NOP) Final Rule (1), each certified organic farm, ranch, or handling operation must have an "organic production...
Factors to Consider Before Transitioning
Converting to organic production is not a decision to take lightly. Organic farmers must learn how to work with nature to solve problems, such as...
Gaining Ground: Making a Successful Transition to Organic Farming
This handbook, from Canadian Organic Growers, is an invaluable tool for all farmers interested in organic farming, whether conventional,...
International Organic Standards and Equivalency: An All Things Organic™ Conference Sessionfee
Catering to those both importing to and exporting from the U.S. and Canada, this session gives you the facts on USDA and Canadian organic standards...
National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Producers
This checklist assists in assessing the compliance of your farm or ranch operation with National Organic Program Standards. The Checklist is...
National Organic Program on Certification
From this web page, producers and processors can find out the basics of who needs to be certified, who does not need to be certified, how to become...
NCAT's Organic Livestock Workbook
This workbook has been created to assist organic and transitional producers with livestock or mixed crop and livestock operations in understanding...
NOP Cost Share Program Questions & Answers
This brief site on the cost share program for reimbursements of the costs of certification tells which states participate in the program, links to...
NOP List of U.S. Accredited Certifying Agents
The National Organic Program lists accredited certifying agents searchable by state.
Organic Livestock Resources from the National Agricultural Library
This collection of resources includes links to information on organic livestock basics, feed suppliers, feed processing basics, certification, etc....
Organic System Plan Overview
A good overview of organic system plans--what they contain, what their purpose is, and more. From Brian Baker of the Organic Materials Review...
Organic Systems Make Good Economic Sense
Organic farmers are often the first to admit that as they were transitioning to organic systems, their yields declined. Many studies have shown...
Principles of Organic Production
This article from ATTRA provides an overview of the guiding principles of organic production--all of which have environmental benefits.
Questions and Answers About Organic Certification, from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
This comprehensive question and answer list covers a huge range of topics, and answer some very specific questions about certification, labeling,...
Requirements for Organic Livestock in the United States
This article explains the regulations for the production and labeling of livestock and livestock products as "organic" in the United States. Under...
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
The NOSB is charged with assisting the Secretary of Agriculture in developing standards for substances to be used in organic production. The NOSB...
The Organic Center, a Clearinghouse for Information About the Health Benefits of Organic
The Organic Center's mission is to promote a new found understanding of the health and other benefits of organic foods and production through a...
Washington State's Organic Certification Guide for Producers & Processors
This information guide walks producers and processors through the organic certification process. Although designed for operations applying for...
ATTRA on Preparing for an Organic Inspection
This guide helps producers and handlers understand, prepare for, and get the most from their annual inspections for organic certification. It helps...
Dairy: Factors to Consider for Organic Dairy Farming in Arkansas
Addresses costs of transition and includes budgets. From the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
Dairy: NOFA-Mass Organic Dairy Program
The NOFA-Mass Organic Dairy Program seeks to provide Massachusetts dairy farmers with information about organic milk production and the transition...
Dairy: The Organic Decision: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production Workbook
This workbook, developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension specialists in consultation with NODPA, helps explore the possibilities of transitioning...
Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Worksfee
This book, by Leslie Duram, is a well researched analysis of the ecological, economic and health benefits of organic food production. Packed full...
Grains: Organic Grain--Another Way
This educational package of 3 video tapes, 2 200-page books, and assorted reprints can serve as a framework for study and discussion groups...
National Organic Program Compliance Checklist for Handlers 2006
A checklist to help handlers and processors evaluate their operation for compliance to the National Organic Program Standards.
National Organic Program Home Page
NOP's website showcases links to the national organic standards, resources and guidelines for producers and handlers, a list of accredited...
Organic Certification Guide from Chatham County Center North Carolina Extension
This website features a link to a series of informative articles to help farmers understand and navigate the certification rules and process. It...
Position Statements Submitted by the Organic Trade Association
OTA acts as an advocate and key player in shaping the regulatory environment of the organic industry, submitting comments and position papers...

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