Transitioning to Organic Production, SARE Publication, 2003
Transitioning to Organic Production lays out many promising conversion strategies, covering typical organic farming production practices, innovative marketing ideas and federal standards for certified organic crop production. With special sections on livestock production and profiles of four organic producers.
Guidelines for Dairy Farms Making the Transition to Certified Organic Milk Production, Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
The guidelines are based on the USDA National Organic Standards. Farmers planning to make the transition to organic production should consider all areas and the time that will be required for compliance with the certification standards. Interested farmers should create a transition plan which includes a timeline from the day that organic practices have been implemented to the day that the farm will ship organic milk. This takes a minimum of one year, and can take up to three years, depending on your farming practices.
PCO Provides one-on-one transition assistance to farmers through the Transition Membership Program (TMP). Visit our Transition Membership page to learn more about applying for assistance through this program.
For more information on transitioning to organic, please contact the PCO office at 814-422-0251.