Governmental Agencies
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) – http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop The US standard of organic regulations

California State Organic Program – http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/organic.html CDFA’s Organic Program is responsible for enforcement of the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and the California Organic Products Act of 2003. These statutes protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors and retailers by establishment of standards under which fresh agricultural products/foods may be labeled and/or sold as “organic”. The California Department of Public Health enforces laws pertaining to processed products marketed as “organic”.

Materials*
Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) – http://www.omri.org
OMRI provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing.
WSDA -http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/Organic/MaterialsLists.aspx

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) provides a materials list for organic production and handling

*These list are for reference only. ALWAYS VERIFY MATERIALS WITH A BEE PRIOR TO USE!

Information

ATTRA- National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – http://www.attra.org This site provides the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities.

eXtension – http://www.extension.org/organic production
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the researched knowledge from land-grant university minds across America.

Non-GMO Project – http://www.nongmoproject.org
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed breeders and consumers. Their mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices.


The Rodale Institute- http://rodaleinstitute.org/
The Rodale Institute provides this site as a resource for organic farmers and gardeners. It includes The New Farm© Farmer-to-Farmer and Organic Price Report, and training materials.
Saving Our Seed Project http://www.savingourseed.org
The project is dedicated to saving and distributing organic seeds in the Southeast US.

Wild Farm Alliance – http://www.wildfarmalliance.org
To make our food systems sustainable in the 21st century, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes.


Certified Humane Raised and Handled – http://www.certifiedhumane.org
The Certified Humane Raised and Handled program is the only farm animal welfare and food labeling program in the U.S. dedicated to improving the welfare of farm animals from birth through slaughter for the 10 billion farm animals raised for food each year.

Organic Trade Association (OTA) – http://www.ota.com
OTA is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. Its mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. It provides an extensive resource guide.


Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – http://www.ucsusa.org
UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
USDA, National Agricultural Library (NAL) http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/agnic/susagevents.shtml Calendars: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Alternative/Specialty Crops and Livestock

Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) – http://www.sare.org
Part of USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, this program funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.
UCD Sustainable Ag. Research & Education – http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu University of California sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, providing information about sustainable agriculture.

Consultants
The Organic Consulting Firm – http://www.theocf.com
The Organic Consulting Firm (The OCF) is an international full service company providing evaluation, development, training, and verification to organic standards.
SueBaird Organics LLC – http://www.suebairdorganics.com
SueBaird Organics provides consulting services that help develop effective organic systems plans to ensure organic success and sustainability.