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Transitioning to Certified Organic


Getting Started

Transitioning to organic can be both rewarding and challenging, and we at OEFFA are here to help! Please read on for a number of resources to help you transition.

Organic Transition GuideOrganic Transition Guide
This guide will walk you step-by-step through the transition process. It explains the organic standards, methods organic farmers use to produce high quality organic food, and the certification process. Download an electronic version of the guide for free below.

Organic Transition GuideOrganic Transition Workbook
This workbook uses a whole farm planning process to walk you through developing an organic management system, and ultimately an Organic System Plan that will prepare you to apply for certification. Download an electronic version of the workbook for free below.

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Useful Resources


Organic Transition: A Business Planner

Use this Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) business planner to evaluate if organic certification makes good business sense for your farm or facility.


Iowa State Enterprise Budgets

Use these Iowa State Extension budgets to estimate the cost of transition in organic grain production. Download and plug-in data from your farm into these Excel budget templates.


Organic Certification Made Simple: Bite by Bite

Florida Organic Growers and the National Organic Program have developed a 26 part video series providing a step-by-step overview of organic production requirements and the organic certification process.


NRCS Organic Farming Resources and Handbook

This USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) site includes links to factsheets, webinars, and other resources, including a handbook on NRCS resources for conservation planning on organic and transitioning farms.


EQIP Organic Initiative

This USDA NRCS site includes information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which provides assistance to help organic producers plan and implement conservation practices.


Transition to Organic Fact Sheet

This USDA fact sheet provides an overview of organic production requirements and the organic certification process.


Organic Certification Guidelines Q&A

This two page guide developed by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, answers frequently asked questions about the certification process.


GO Organic Checklist

California Certified Organic Farmers has developed a simple, ten step check list for transitioning to certified organic.


Dig Deeper: Transition to Organic

The Rodale Institute describes considerations for transitioning farmers.



Please call the OEFFA Certification office at (614) 262-2022 for more information.

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