If you are interested in learning more about organic agriculture please utilize the links below. This information is provided as a service. Most resources listed are not published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM (NOP)
NOP Homepage: FAQ’s on certification, links to all parts of the NOP website and lists for certified operations and certifying agents by state.
NOP Rules and Regulations: The complete list of NOP Standards for Crop, Process Handling and Livestock operations.
NOP Handbook: Provides those who own, manage or certify organic operations with guidance and instructions that can assist them in complying with USDA-NOP regulations.
USDA Organic Resource Guide 2012: A complete guide that includes an overview of each section within the USDA concerning organic including Organic Research, Data, Marketing, Food Safety and Organic Points of Contact
Please note: The above 4 files are large pdf's.
MARKETING OF ORGANIC PRODUCT
The CDA Markets Division: Markets Division has a variety of programs including Colorado MarketMaker, Colorado Proud and information on Specialty Crop grants to help organic operations.
USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service: Administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops.
Colorado State University – Agricultural and Resource Economics: Fact Sheets from CSU-Extension concerning marketing of agricultural products.
USDA - Economic Research Service: Organic Market overview, organic trade and policy, current information on Farm Bill Act and Provisions
Colorado State University Extension: A complete guide with fact sheets, publications and webinars designed to educate dairy, fruit and vegetable operations with all aspects of organic agriculture.
ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service): Organic Farming publications and information on pest control, organic certification, livestock, inputs and marketing
GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
CDA – Markets Division, GAP and GHP: Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices, the CDA is an in-state partner with the USDA for the USDA Fresh Produce Audit Verification Program
USDA Grading, Certification and Verification: USDA information on GAP and GHP
FDA General Food Labeling Requirements: A Food Labeling Industry Guide