External Resources

External Resources



University of Kentucky
                      College of Agriculture

Southern Region




  • Acres USA
    • North America's oldest and largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming
    • Archive of featured articles available for free online


Cornucopia Institute

  • Cornucopia Institute
    • Advocacy organization striving to empower farmers and consumers in support of ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food


  • eOrganic Community of Practice at eXtension.org
    • Organic agriculture material created by a nationwide network of extension personnel at Land Grant Universities:
      • Articles
      • Factsheets
      • Videos
      • News
      • FAQs
      • 'Ask an Expert' service

Kerr Center

National Organic Coalition

  • National Organic Coalition
    • A Washington voice for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture

  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
    • Alliance of grassroots organizations advocating for federal policy that advances sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Organic Center

  • The Organic Center
    • Peer-reviewed science on verifiable benefits of organic farming and products

Organic Consumers Association

  • Organic Consumers Association
    • Advocacy organization representing consumers who wish to promote a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption

Organic Farming
                      Research Foundation


Rodale Institute

  • Rodale Institute
    • Nonprofit research and education foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people and the planet
    • Maintains New Farm Toolbox 
      • Free online course on transitioning to organic production
      • Online cost and income calculator for comparing organic and conventional field crop production
      • Comparison of organic and conventional wholesale prices updated weekly
    • Affiliated with Rodale Inc., a for-profit publishing house, offering print and online resources


  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
    • Research and education grants to advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities
    • Searchable database of project reports
    • Publications available for free download or sale include
      • Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual (pdf)
      • Manage Insects on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies (pdf)
      • Managing Cover Crops Profitably (pdf)
      • Building Soils for Better Crops (pdf)


USDA Organic Logo

  • USDA National Organic Program
    • Information on organic certifiers, international marketing of organic products, organic labelling, allowed and prohibited substances, and cost share programs for organic producers
    • Regulates organic production in the USA


Certified Naturally Grown

  • Certified Naturally Grown
    • Peer-review certification for small-scale, direct-market farmers using natural methods
    • Standards based on USDA Organic Standards, but certifier is not government-affiliated or accredited, so CNG growers cannot label their products organic in the USA if they sell more than $5,000 worth of product or sell outside direct-market channels
    • Recognized and endorsed by IFOAM, OMRI, and the Sierra Club


  • Demeter International
    • Maintains international biodynamic certification standards, which require compliance with national organic standards
    • Governs national biodynamic certification agencies, including Demeter USA 


Oganic ePrints

  • Organic ePrints
    • Searchable archive of research related to organic agriculture
    • Free and complete manuscripts available for almost 10,000 studies

Organic Trade

  • Organic Trade Association
    • Association of North American businesses dedicated to promoting and protecting the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy
    • Maintains The Organic Pages database of organic products and services
    • Maintains consumer education website, Organic - It's Worth It
    • Maintains How to Go Organic database of resources for producers and processors transitioning to organic
    • Offers industry statistics and news


Updated 10/12/12

College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems