New guidelines for Nebraska producers who are switching to organic farming

LINCOLN, Neb. A USDA market overview shows consumer demand for organically produced goods is up.
Now, some Nebraska producers are switching from traditional farming practices to organic crop production.

“Organic farms tend to be more diverse,” said Charles Wortmann, Professor of Agronomy at UNL. “There are economic advances as well because they have the potential to get to higher prices for their commodity.”

A new guidebook has been released for producers planning to transition to organic crop production.

“They need to be certified by the USDA in order to market their produce as organically produced.”

The guide will help farmers judge their current operations and chose the right practices for a successful future in organic farming.

“In making the transition, you need three years of production without the use of chemicals before you can market your produce as fully organic,” said Wortmann.

Farmers can learn how to choose the right strategy for the transition, integrate a marketing plan, develop a farm management approach and create a business plan. Other topics included are weed management tips, crop rotation advice and soil fertility management.

The guidelines also give farmers advice on how to integrate livestock into their farming practices.

To view the guidelines click here.