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Let's Go Organic

The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is a network assembled by the USDA’s National Organic Program to support transitioning and organic producers with mentorship and resources.

We are six regions working together nationwide towards a common goal:
to grow the network of organic producers.

With TOPP, producers transitioning to organic will find support through the transition and certification process. Mentorship, workshops, webinars, field days, technical assistance, and other educational events will offer opportunities to learn about organic production, the certification process, market opportunities, and more.

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Find your region below to learn more about mentorship, events, and resources.

Join Our Mentorship Program

The TOPP mentorship program builds connections between experienced organic producers and producers transitioning to organic, supports the transition process, and creates a stronger network of organic producers across the United States.

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Dan Paulsen (NRCS) and Roger, soy beans, Roger, Lansink Organic Farms, Odebolt, IA

For Mentees

Transitioning producers gain support, guidance, and development through mentorship.

As a transitioning producer you will receive free mentorship from an experienced organic producer. Mentors and transitioning producers will work together to set goals for the mentorship year and will form a strong network of organic producers across the region.

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Eric, Nelson Organics, Pendleton, OR

For Mentors

Mentors play a crucial role in helping new organic producers succeed while growing the organic movement.

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to guide and support producers who are transitioning to organic, providing them with valuable insights, practical advice, and industry best practices. Mentorship training, time, and travel are paid. All crop and livestock producers are welcome to apply!

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Upcoming Events

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May26

Alabama CRAFT: Added-Value Products & Farm Tour (Blountsville)

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CST) | 407 Red Maple Road, Blountsville, AL 35031

Workshop and Farm Tour

Come out and learn about value-adds for your farm business from native plants to jams, all through the lens of sustainable and organic growing practices. The afternoon features a presentation by Melissa Julia on “Native Plants for Profit” and a tour of Uncle Goose’s Au Naturals Farm by Stephen Guesman and Martha Hunter on their land at Common Ground Intentional Community in Blountsville, AL. Be there or be jam!

Learn more and register here.

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May26

Barnyard Banter: Monthly Technical Assistance

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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (EST) | Online

Virtual

This is a monthly reoccurring event designed to spend the first 10 min talking about TOPP and support available, 30 min for an expert presentation regarding organic production methods, and the last 20 minutes is open for an “ask the expert.”

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May27

Organic Office Hours

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3:00 pm (PST) | Online

Virtual

Get your questions answered at weekly Organic Office Hours!

Curious about what it takes to transition your operation to organic? Do you have questions about the certification process? Or are you a newly certified producer with questions on how to stay in compliance? Join us at weekly virtual office hours with organic expert Sarah Townsend of Oregon Tilth. Learn about Organic Certification, Organic System Plans (OSPs), how to get certified, and more. All questions and experience levels welcome!

Join us through Teams video meeting or simply call in.

Microsoft Teams Meeting: Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

https://oregontilth.link/organicofficehours

Or call in (audio only)

323-813-7538

Phone Conference ID: 445 762 348#

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May28

Organic Office Hours

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST) | Online

Virtual - Drop-in, technical assistance. No registration required.
Organic Office Hours is weekly, virtual, technical assistance office hours for transitioning producers to learn about organic agriculture, regulations, and certification. Service providers are welcome to join to ask questions on behalf of producers. Please contact Jamie Collins with questions: organictransitionprogram@gmail.com
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May28

Virtual Coffee Hour: Mid-Large Scale Organic Grain Production in Central Great Plains

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (MST) | Online

Virtual Workshop

The Central Great Plains region is vast and largely rural, with some communities particularly isolated by their geography. To help foster community building and provide technical assistance to farmers Rodale Institute Consulting Services will host monthly virtual “coffee hours” for 6-months. We believe that the frequency, open structure, and small-mid size of the group will be conducive to deep and meaningful conversations.

News

Hānai’Ai Quarterly Newsletter

May 09, 2024
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Quarterly Newsletter

May 08, 2024
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2023 TOPP WSW Region Public Report

May 01, 2024
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Presentation materials on organic basics

May 01, 2024
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SE TOPP News – Year 1 in Review

April 15, 2024
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Transition to Organic Partnership Program Releases Workforce Development Request for Proposal

April 03, 2024
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Success Story: MOA

March 19, 2024
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Success Story: Meeting of the Minds

March 19, 2024
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Q&A: Roz Lehman at Iowa Organic Association

March 19, 2024
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Q&A: Dr. Kathleen Delate at Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program

March 19, 2024

Texas TOPP Newsletter February 2024

February 05, 2024
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Alaska Food Policy Council Annual Conference

January 08, 2024

Midwest TOPP Newsletter November 2023

November 30, 2023
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Organic Workforce Development

November 30, 2023
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Year In Review

November 30, 2023
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Transition to Organic Partnership Program Releases National TOPP Website

October 04, 2023
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Texas TOPP News October 2023

October 03, 2023
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Midwest TOPP Newsletter September 2023

September 20, 2023
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GROWING ORGANIC COMMUNITY

September 20, 2023
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INCLUDING NRCS IN YOUR TOPP PROJECTS

September 20, 2023
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Meet TOPP

September 20, 2023
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Transitioning to Organic Highlighted at Iowa Summer Field Days

September 20, 2023
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USDA Seeks Input on Organic Initiative and Market Development Grants

August 08, 2023
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Organic-Focused Education Paves the Way to Technical Skills

June 29, 2023
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USDA to Invest up to $300 million in New Organic Transition Initiative

August 22, 2022
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