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midwest Midwest Region

Welcome the Midwest Organic Resource Guide, a collection of the best farmer- and processor-tested resources in the region. Check below for quick access to the top events, people, education and information resources in your region--or browse by topic (crop management, marketing, postharvest handling, processing ...). And be sure to check out the success stories. Finally, if you want target in on something closer to home, just click on your state in the map at the right for resources particular to your state.

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Iowa Organic Program Contactota
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Iowa's organic...
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Kansas Organic Program Contactota
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Kansas's organic...
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Kentucky Organic Program Contactota
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Kentucky's organic...
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Michigan Organic Program Contactota
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Michigan's organic...
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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...
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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...
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Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA)ota
The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) was formed in 1979 and is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting...
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Transition to Organic Crop Productionota
The ABCs of crop transition, in a two-page fact sheet. Quickly describes why farmers transition, what the basic requirements are for transition and...
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Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directoryota
This online directory identifies resource groups, certification agencies, suppliers, buyers, processors, consultants, publications and events in...
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Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory's Page on Sustainable Ag Programsota
The Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory's entries include contact information and descriptions of university organic or sustainable...
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2006 Kentucky Farmers' Market Manualota
This excellent resource covers all the bases related to farmers' markets: a directory of resource people, how to set market rules, getting organic...
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A 2003 Case Study of the CROPP Cooperativeota
The CROPP Cooperative (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools), best known for its Organic Valley brand, is profiled in this 13 page case...
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Dairy Your Way Book from Minnesota Includes Information on Grazing and Organic Managementota
Dairy Your Way is a free, 100-page book from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that describes the variety of management alternatives...
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FamilyFarmed.Org: Promoting Local and Sustainable in the Upper Midwestota
FamilyFarmed.org is a project of Sustain, one of the country's leading non-profit organizations working for a healthy environment. For the past few...
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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...
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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...
Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA) Apprenticeship Programota
An experiential program providing interns (apprentices) with opportunities to learn agricultural and homesteading skills and organic farming...
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Organic Whole Farm Planningota
An overview of the whole farm planning process required when you get certified organic--what it involves and why it's valuable.
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Organics in Kentuckyota
Statistics, state resources, certified organic operations, organic producer profiles and Kentucky farm characteristics. From ATTRA’s Southern...
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Small Farm, New Farm: A Web Resource from Ohio State University Extensionota
This web site provides access to a very deep collection of links to resources, including resources on specific organic crops, a collection of...
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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...
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A Listing of Farmers and Organizations Working to Train New Farmers in the Upper Midwest
This listing of sustainable and organic farmers includes phone and email for farmers involved in The Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance...
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A Weed Identification Guide from the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research
This sophisticated online weed guide allows you to browse for information and pictures of weeds by name, flower type, leaf type, growth habits and...
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Direct Marketing Publications from the University of Wisconsin
These publications, available in PDF for free, or at a nominal cost for printed versions, cover direct marketing meat, developing a marketing plan,...
Drake University's Agricultural Law Center
Drake's Agricultural Law Center, founded in 1983, is an internationally recognized center that provides opportunities to study how the legal system...
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Engaging Everyone: Catalyzing Organic Leadership and Education in Minnesota
In this address to a USDA conference on organic agriculture in October 2005, Meg Moynihan of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture describes and...
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Food Technology Buyers' Guide from Purdue University
This website contains company descriptions, products, and full contact information for all the companies who exhibited at the 2006 Food Expo in...
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Illinois Organic Program Contact
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Illinois' organic...
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Indiana Organic Program Contact
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Indiana's organic...
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Integrated Pest Management, from University of Illinois Extension
This deep web site provides articles and handbooks on environmentally sustainable methods for managing weeds, pests and diseases in field crops,...
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Integrated Weed Management--One Year's Seeding
This extension bulletin from Michigan State University was published in February 2005 as the result of a collaborative effort among researchers,...
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Iowa State University's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Iowa State University's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship offers a minor in entrepreneurship, lecture series, internships and experiential...
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Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota
The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop...
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Measuring the Economic and Fiscal Impacts Associated with Organic Crop Conversion in Iowa
Summary of this new research, from Iowa's Leopold Center, published March, 2007: "The research demonstrated that there are very strong differences...
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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Since 1984, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has been devoted to developing an agriculture that can sustain the land and its resources. As a...
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Minnesota Organic Program Contact
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Minnesota's organic...
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Missouri Alternatives Center
The Missouri Alternatives Center serves as a communications center for Missouri farmers, Extension staff, government personnel and people who want...
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Missouri Organic Program Contact
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Missouri's organic...
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Ohio Organic Program Contact
The National Association of Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Ohio's organic program...
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Organic Food Processing Basics
This fact sheet covers the highlights of organic processing, explaining the meaning of organic, organic processing, the benefits of organic...
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Organic Seed Sources in North America
This site provides a long list of seed sources for organic production. Among the seeds sold are soybean, oat, barley, wheat, vegetables, cover...
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Practical Farmers of Iowa
PFI is a vibrant farm organization that conducts on-farm research into sustainable farming practices, holds an annual conference, field days and...
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Purdue University's Online Resource for Value-Added Food Processing Assistance
This web site, from Purdue's Food Science Program, features an excellent resource section focused on food entrepreneurship, and how to start a new...
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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...
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Soil Ecology and Management
A rich resource web site from Michigan State University that provides information on soil health and biology, organic farming and soil, nutrient...
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The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota
The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) provides educational programs and software tools that are practical, timely, and applicable to...
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The Food Processing Center: New Product and Process Development
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln's Food Processing Center provides assistance in thinking creatively about new product development as well as...
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The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Established in 1962, the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) strives to study, promote and research cooperative action as a...
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Training and Research for Beginning Farmers, from the University of Wisconsin's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
This page links to the various beginning farmer programs available through the University of Wisconsin: a school for beginning market growers, a...
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Wisconsin Organic Program Contact
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Wisconsin's organic...
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Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program
ASAP's mission is to facilitate and promote research and education which protects Illinois' natural and human resources while sustaining...
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Capital Improvement Grants to Farms Serving Chicago Area
The Frontera Farmer Foundation gives grants of up to $12,000 to small and medium sized, individually owned farmers serving the Chicago area. Though...
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CHOOSE IOWA™ : Promoting Iowa ag-based retail enterprises
A collection of directories to promoting Iowa ag-based retail enterprises. Includes listings meat producers, food businesses, farmers’ markets,...
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Crop Research Programs at the Michael Fields Institute
This renowned institute, based in Wisconsin, is conducting a variety of crop research programs--on organic matter and root health, breeding high...
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Farmer Training in the Upper Midwest
The Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a coalition of growers working to train our next generation of...
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Food Entrepreneurship Engagement Program from Purdue University
An excellent resource page for food entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on organic. Features factsheets on organic ingredient sourcing, organic product...
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Grains: Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative
A farmer-owned grain cooperative based in Ilinois and Michigan.
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Greenbook 2006: Sustainable Agriculture in Minnesota
The 17th edition of the Greenbook, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Resources Management and Development...
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Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project: Tips on more efficient production
This web site is rich with tips and practical worksheets for nursery, vegetable, berry and dairy growers. The Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits...
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Hoosier Organic Marketing and Education (HOME)
HOME is an non-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to providing education on organic food and farming to members of the public. HOME also coordinates the...
How Do You Become a Certified Organic Ingredient Supplier?
An excellent factsheet from Purdue University's Food Entrepreneurship Engagement Program.
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Innovative Farmers of Ohio
IFO is a non profit organization working to promote an agriculture which preserves and strengthens the economic, social and environmental well...
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Integrated Crop Management, from Iowa State University
A rich set of resources on integrated management of plant diseases, insects and weeds, with applications for organic growers.
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Iowa's Women, Food and Agriculture Network
WFAN has close to 150 members. Although centered in Iowa, WFAN members come from over 25 states and several other countries. They are diverse in...
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Is Organic Crop Production for You? A Factsheet from the University of Kentucky
It is a common misconception that organic production is merely a method of growing crops without synthetic pesticides. In fact, the use of natural...
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Kentucky State University Organic Working Group
Kentucky State University's Organic Agriculture Working Group brings together KSU researchers, teachers, and extension staff whose work relates to...
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Listings of Farmers Markets in Minnesota
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Livestock and Farming Publications from the Land Stewardship Project
This web page from Minnesota's Land Stewardship Project provides links to or ordering information about several dozen books and publications--many...
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Marketing Local Food, 2007, a Handbook from the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
If you are a farmer who has decided to market your products locally, learning about your marketing options and developing a marketing plan are the...
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Marketing Resources from the Practical Farmers of Iowa
Direct marketing resources for Iowa farmers.
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Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS)
MIFFS is a network of individuals and organizations working to create and support healthier food and farming systems in Michigan. This Michigan...
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Minnesota Food Association: Promoting Sustainable Food Systems
The Minnesota Food Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a more sustainable food system. Now celebrating its 25th year,...
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Minnesota Guide to Organic Certification
An excellent guide to organic certification in Minnesota that covers transitioning, choosing a certifying agency, establishing an audit trail, the...
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Organic Crop Production Factsheet from University of Kentucky
This factsheet presents a general overview of organic production methods and economics. It is one in a series of introductory information sheets...
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Organic Harvest Report from Sustain USA in Illinois
This report is the result of three years of focus groups, surveys, and one-on-one discussions with farmers, food buyers, supermarkets, consumers,...
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Organic Harvest: An Action Plan for Local, Organic and Family Farmed Foods
This report, from the Acroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program at University of Illinois, describes the needs and opportunities in the regional...
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Organic Resource Guide from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture
An excellent selection of practical state and regional resources for those interested in organic production.
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Purdue University Organic Resource Page
A listing of information, resources and organizations from within the state and around the country.
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Sustain USA: Promoting Organic and Local Food Systems in Illinois and the Region
Through public and private partnerships Sustain encourages sustainable economic development that creates jobs and revitalizes communities in an...
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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Michigan State University
A portal site that provides access to all of the sustainable farming initiatives at Michigan State University, including programs about soil...
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Sustainable Agriculture Publications from Iowa State University Extension
Iowa State has several dozen pamphlets and books on sustainable agriculture available through it’s online book store. Some are available in PDF...
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Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through innovation,...
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The Michigan Land Use Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances...
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The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) is a partnership between the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences...
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The New Agriculture Network: Farmers, Researchers and Educators Teaming Up for Sustainable and Organic Ag Solutions in the Great Lakes Region
This initiative provides a twice monthly newsletter during the growing season focused on organic ag issues. Three universities --Michigan State...
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The Upper Midwest Organic Tree Fruit Growers Network
The Upper Midwest Organic Tree Fruit Growers Network is an informal group of people interested in growing and marketing tree fruits organically....
University of Minnesota's Organic Ecology Program
The University of Minnesota Organic Ecology program focuses on the science and practice of Agroecology as it pertains to: * Food and Fiber...
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UW-Madison Organic Research: Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
A collection of research taking place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Includes...
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