Going Organic – Top Three Things Farmers need to consider
Making the switch from conventional to organic is a multiyear process that can have some substantial payoffs in terms of worker health, customer demand and produce quality. Here are the top three things to consider before making the switch.
Is Your Land and Farming Practices Eligible for Organic Certification?
The first step in making the switch to organic is ensuring your land is eligible for organic certification. Famers need to guarantee no prohibited substances have been applied to the soil in a 32 month timeframe. If the land has been managed as organic for 32 months or if the land has been fallow, a farmer can apply for organic certification at any time.
The USDA’s NOP (National Organic Program) wrote and defined the crop organic standard. Farmers need to make sure their farming practices are compliant per these organic standards. We recommend checking out the USDA’s Guide for Organic Crop Producers as a great way to implement organic practices on site.