Financial Assistance Available for Certified Organic and Transitioning to Organic
Are you a producer or handler of agricultural commodities that are certified organic? Or, are you transitioning your operation to certified organic? You may be eligible for financial assistance to cover expenses paid during fiscal year 2022 through USDA's Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This program is part of USDA's Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.
The signup period for USDA's Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) is May 16, 2022 to October 31, 2022. For more information: Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program | Farmers.gov
PA Preferred® Organic Initiative
PA Preferred® Organic is a PA Farm Bill initiative to grow market opportunities for Pennsylvania farmers and keep PA a national leader in organic production. Review the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website to learn about the abundance of resources and services available to all types of farmers throughout the commonwealth.”
Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony (USDA National Organic Standards Board, 1995). For example, inputs such as manure and compost help build soil rich in organic matter, providing nutrients to crops and requiring less dependence on synthetic fertilizers.