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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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Jun15

Farm Celebration and Grower Meet-up

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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EST) | Hannan Healthy Foods: Lincoln, MA

In-Person Workshop

Come celebrate the opening of the 2024 season at Hannan Healthy Foods with NOFA/Mass! We’ll have food, fun, and an engaging conversation about Mohammad Hannan’s farm and his experience with organic certification as a Farmer of a Color. We welcome your questions & experiences. Alongside this discussion, join us for:

Live music
Farmland tours
Seedling sale
Food & drinks (including South Asian specialities)
CSA opportunities

northwest
Jun17

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#

midwest
Jun18

Organic Water Quality Research Site Field Day

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Central Daylight Time) | ISU Agronomy Research Farm, Boone, IA

Field Day

Peer into the tech-filled sumps which monitor water quality from the
organic rotations and learn from Dr. Sabrina Ruis of USDA-ARS and Dr. Kathleen Delate as they present the latest research on organic water quality and soil health at the Organic Water Quality site.

midwest
Jun18

Organic Water Quality Field Day

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Central Daylight Time) | ISU Agronomy Research Farm, Boone, Iowa

Field Day

Peer into the tech-filled sumps which monitor water quality from the organic rotations and learn from Dr. Sabrina Ruis of USDA-ARS and Dr. Kathleen Delate as they present the latest research on organic water quality and soil health at the Organic Water Quality site.

  • Hands-on demonstration of soil health test kit
  • Hands-on demonstration of retaiN™ for testing nitrogen in on-farm water outlets
  • Discussion of soil quality and yield results from the OWQ site
west-southwest
Jun18

Organic Office Hours

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

Virtual - Drop-in, technical assistance. No registration required.

Curious about what it takes to transition your operation to organic? Or a newly certified producer with questions on how to stay in compliance? Just ask Jamie! Join weekly zooms with organic expert, farmer, and inspector Jamie Collins from Serendipity Farms and learn about Organic certification, Organic System Plans, how to certify organic, and more.  All questions and experience levels welcome!

Join office hours any and every Tuesday, 11am-noon PST via zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89941176462?pwd=EGapsifPoPsOvOjCTGaOU1BruUKNdC.1
Meeting ID: 899 4117 6462
Passcode: organic

If this time does not work, email organictransitionprogram@gmail.com to schedule a consultation with Jamie.

News

Vermont’s Food Hubs Achieve Organic Certification

June 05, 2024
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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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