Washington State University

Small Farms Team

Organics

State laws
Certification requirements
Certification application
Transitional to organic
WA certified crop producers
Weed management
WSU organic research
Federal laws
Approved materials


In 1988, the first year of the WSDA Organic Food Program, there were 63 certified organic farms producing 2.5 million dollars worth of organic food.

In 2000, WSDA certified 518 farms (list of growers); these farms produced over 100 million dollars of organic food on over 34,000 acres.

In terms of number of farms, acreage and value of production, the organic food industry is growing at a rate of 20-30% per year.

State laws

Organic Food: Laws & Rules, Washington State Department of Agriculture. Includes Organic Food Standards and Certification and Registration of Materials for Organic Food Production. Updated 9/9/08.

Certification requirements

Organic Certification Guide, Washington State Department of Agriculture. This Organic Certification Guide provides all the information needed to apply for Organic Certification. It also includes the National Organic Standards. Updated 12/16/09.

The National Organic Program. Agricultural Marketing Service and United States Department of Agriculture. Certifying Agents, Regulations (Standards) & Guidelines, and more.

Organic Farm Certification & the National Organic Program. George Kuepper, NCAT Agriculture Specialist. Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas. October 2002.

Certification application

Organic Food Producer Application Information, Washington State Department of Agriculture. Includes Application for Organic Certification & Organic Operator Agreement, Production Yield Form, Application Fee Forms, and others. Updated 12/16/09.

Oregon Tilth certification program, Salem, Oregon. Oregon Tilth Certified Organic EU Procedures manual. Updated 9/15/09.

Transitional to organic

Opportunities in Agriculture: Transitioning to Organic Production. Included in this bulletin is a definition of organic farming, introduction to National Organic Standards, a discussion of the economics of organic farming, transitional information and resources as well as profiles of four organic producers. 32 pages pdf.

WA certified crop producers

Organic producer list, by county, updated 2009.

Weed management

Weed photo gallery, University of California Pest Management Guidelines.

Weed photo gallery, Weed Science Society of America. Very extensive list of weed photos.

WSU organic research

Growing new farmers: WSU launches organic teaching farm. Tukey Orchard Teaching Farm, Washington State University.

An Assessment of Organic Farming Research, Teaching and Extension at Washington State University,Report #3, by Carol Miles, David Granatstein, and Thomas Koskinen. A detailed report of the latest organic activity at WSU. 2002.

Federal laws

National Organic Program, National Organic Program, USDA

Approved materials

Materials List and Information, Washington State Department of Agriculture. The 2009 Brand Name Materials list is available sorted by either brand name, company or type of product.

Research Emphasis: Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment, USDA Economic Research Service.

Organic Trade Association, Green, Massachusetts. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a national association representing the organic industry in Canada, and United States and Mexico.

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