Organic Marketing

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Marketing Alternative Products page, starting with your state's agricultural resources.

 

Colorado Resources

CO Department of Agriculture: Organic Program
This program serves both the producer and consumers of organically grown crops through an application and inspection process.

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/ag_Plants/CBON/1251623416288

 

Valley Organic Growers' Association (VOGA)
VOGA is a nonprofit membership organization located in the North Fork Valley of Colorado. The members live on the Western Slope of Colorado. VOGA envisions a vibrant community of prosperous, local farms that sustain the land and provide healthy agricultural products.
http://vogaco.org/

 

 

New Mexico Resources

NM Department of Agriculture: Organic Program
This program is charged with regulation and promotion of organic agriculture. Regulation includes organic certification and registration, as well as oversight of enforcement and compliance with organic statutes. They also aid with organic marketing.

http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/marketing/organic-program/

 

 

Utah Resources

Utah Organic Standards
This is a link to the Utah Organic Standards. The state of Utah has adopted and incorporated National Organic Program Final Rule.
http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r068/r068-020.htm

 

 

Other Resources

Organic Farming Compliance Handbook: A Resource Guide for Western Region Agricultural Professionals
For agricultural professionals in the Western US to: Understand effective practices, materials, and processes that comply with organic standards; access expertise and informational resources on organic farming, and answer questions from their clientele regarding effective practices that meet organic standards.

http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/sfr/organic/ofch

 

National Organic Program: USDA
The National Organic Program (NOP) regulations require that agricultural products labeled as organic originate from farms or handling operations certified by a State or private entity that has been accredited by USDA. This site includes regulatory texts, list of approved materials, lists of accredited certifiers, as well as background and consumer information.
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexNet.htm


Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
OFRF is a non-profit whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.  Their page contains grant information, organic resources, and extensive educational resources for all education levels.
http://ofrf.org/

 

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
The OMRI specializes in the review of substances for use in organic production, processing, and handling. Their services are directed to all aspects of the organic industry with a primary focus on the decision makers who deal with the compliance status of generic materials and brand name products for use in organic production under USDA's standards.
http://www.omri.org/

 

Organic Trade Association
Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
http://www.ota.com/index.html

 

Organic Seed Suppliers: ATTRA
This database provides sources for organic seed of both agronomic and horticultural crops. Some national, mail-order suppliers of untreated seed are included, with the emphasis on small alternative seed companies offering open-pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb seed.

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/organic_seed/

 

Guide to US Organic Certifiers
The Guide to US Organic Certifiers, from the Rodale Institute, helps a producer determine which certifying body is the most appropriate for their operation.
http://www.newfarm.org/ocdbt/

 

A Guide to Marketing Organic Produce
This guide analyzes marketer perceptions, consumer perceptions and the economics of organic marketing.
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/guide-to-marketing-organic-produce/

 

Organic Farming: ATTRA Publications
This is an excellent list of publications from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Articles include information on such topics as marketing, production, certification and transitioning to organic.
http://www.attra.ncat.org/organic.html

 

Understanding Organic Pricing and Costs of Production

This publication provides resources to compare organic and conventional agricultural prices, discusses organic production costs, and offers tips on how to set organic crop prices. There are also several case studies included that summarize insights gained from successful organic farmers and ranchers.

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=419

 

NRCS Financial Assistance Programs

NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.  The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are the most applicable programs for organic producers.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/

 

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The Organic Certification Cost-Share Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program. The program provides financial assistance to producers in 15 states to transition into organic farming. Contact information for each state involved in the program is listed on the website.
http://attra.ncat.org/guide/n_z/organic_certification.html