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Unlocking organic potential - OCIA TOPP webinar

Unlocking organic potential - OCIA TOPP webinar

By Scout Nelson

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has secured funding to administer the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Transitional Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). This initiative supports farmers and ranchers in South Dakota as they transition their operations to certified organic production.

The primary goal of the OCIA TOPP program is to guide South Dakota producers through the complex process of transitioning from conventional to organic farming methods. By increasing the number of certified organic operations, the program aims to expand the availability of organic products and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

On May 29, 2024, from 2-3 p.m. Central Time, SDSPA will host a webinar to introduce producers to the OCIA TOPP program.

This webinar will outline the program's offerings, including resources and training opportunities designed to help transitioning farmers understand organic standards and implement organic practices. These resources encompass workshops, webinars, and access to expert advice.

Transitioning farmers in South Dakota will benefit from technical assistance provided by experienced organic farmers and consultants. These individuals offer guidance on various aspects of organic farming, such as soil health, pest management, and crop rotation.

The OCIA TOPP program in South Dakota connects farmers with transitioning producers, promoting community and knowledge exchange. Participants receive resources like organic certification manuals, compliance checklists, and record-keeping templates, streamlining the transition process.

The OCIA TOPP program in South Dakota welcomes a diverse range of producers, including those converting to organic farming, new and beginning farmers, existing organic farmers expanding their certified acreage or product offerings, and new operators interested in organic product handling and processing.

The OCIA TOPP program plays a vital role in supporting farmers during the challenging transition to organic agriculture. By participating in this program, South Dakota farmers contribute to the growth of the organic agriculture sector in the state.

This initiative is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP), administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP).

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