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The best farmer and processor selected organic resources for your state

Welcome the Midwest Region's Wisconsin Resource Guide. You can browse our Wisconsin resources by using the dropdown menus to view various categories below. Wisconsin's top organic and sustainable organizations are already displayed. By the way, if you’d like to suggest a resource for Wisconsin, send it now. And if you have a great quote, anecdote or insight related to organic farming or processing in the state, let us know.



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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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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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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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Common Mistakes Made By Organic Certification Applicantsota
In a quick, bulleted format, this fact sheet lists common mistakes of those going for organic certification, including improper documentation, use...
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Crop Insurance for Organic Systemsota
Basic information on how to get crop insurance, who administers the program, and how to sign up for the new AGR-Lite crop insurance program--an...
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Dairy: Checklist for Converting to Organic Dairy Productionota
A fact sheet covering all of the basics of conversion to organic dairy.
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Dairy: Training Boosts Pasture-Dairy Startup in Wisconsinota
Wisconsin's Beginning Dairy Farmers' School helps aspiring producers gain practical experience before taking on a herd of their own. The school is...
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Dairy: Transition to Organic Dairy Productionota
A brief description of the transition process and timeline, followed by information on allowed and prohibited materials, rules for pasture, animal...
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How Organic Benefits the Land, from Organic Valley's Web Siteota
Organic Valley's web site provides a clear exposition of the ways in which organic farmers are stewards of the land ... as well as water and air.
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Internal Parasites and Ruminants: Organic Answersota
This comprehensive article on managing parasites organically, from the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, looks at how parasites...
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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...
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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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,...
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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Pasture-Based Farming Resources from the University of Wisconsin's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
This web page describes the University of Wisconsin's pasture-based research initiatives, and links you to articles and resources on grazing dairy...
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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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Apples: Wisconsin Apple Growers' Association
The organization's web site lists educational locations, orchard listings, grower information and more.
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Colleges and Universities Using their Buying Power to Support Wisconsin Farms
Six campuses in Wisconsin are now buying some of the food for their dining services directly from local Wisconsin farms and farmer cooperatives....
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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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Dairy: The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
The University of Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers is the only program of its kind in the nation for an education in grass-based...
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Direct Marketing of Farm Produce and Home Goods: Direct Marketing Alternatives and Strategies for Beginning and Established Producers
Describes direct marketing strategies for roadside markets, pick-your-owns, farmers' markets, subscription farming, home delivery, and selling to...
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Farmer-to-Farmer Networks in Wisconsin: Effective Grass-Roots Sharing
Farmer-to-farmer networks are thriving in Wisconsin as a way for farmers to pool ideas, exchange perspectives, and learn from each other. Some 20...
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Fruit: Eco-fruit Project of the University of Wisconsin's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
This project involves the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, grower networks, the National Resource Conservation Service and researchers to...
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Grains: Small Grains Production Project in Wisconsin
The small grains production project at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Wisconsin aims to profitably cut chemicals in Upper-Midwestern...
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Growing Power Farm Education Center in Wisconsin
Growing Power, Inc. is a non-profit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environment in which they live...
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Growing Power Sustainable Ag Training Programs
Growing Power, Inc. is a non-profit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environment in which they live...
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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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Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2005 Status Report
Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in organic food production, despite the fact that certified organic farms, acreage and production...
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Publications on Direct Marketing, from University of Wisconsin Extensionfee
These publications, available for a minimal cost, offer information on a wide variety of direct marketing topics, from the role of cooperatives,...
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Southeast Wisconsin Grazing Network
The Southeast Wisconsin Grazing Network is a coalition of farmers, agricultural consultants, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Natural Resources...
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The Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project in Wisconsin
The Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project is a team of researchers and outreach specialists who find and share work efficiency methods that...
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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....
The Wisconsin Farm Center's Farm Link Program
Through its Farm Link program, the Wisconsin Farm Center can help farmers who want to start their own operation, retiring farmers who want someone...
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University of Wisconsin Pasture Management and Grazing Site
Dozens of fact sheets and resources on fencing systems, pasture management, animal health, overwintering, stockpiling and forages.
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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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Vegetables: Post Harvest Handling for Best Crop Quality, from the Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Gardeners
An excellent overview of the basics of effective post-harvest handling for fruits and vegetables. It discusses the factors that lead to loss of...
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Wisconsin Women's Sustainable Farming Network
A network of women in sustainable farming who share information and strategies for production, marketing, processing, farm safety, quality of life,...


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