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Organic Topic of Interest: Hydroponics

The NOP has posted a new topic page to clarify the status of hydroponics under the USDA organic regulations. Visit the Organic Topics of Interest page and choose "Organic Hydroponic Crop Production" from the drop-down menu.

From http://www.ams.usda.gov:

The NOP has posted a new topic page to clarify the status of hydroponics under the USDA organic regulations. Visit the Organic Topics of Interest page and choose "Organic Hydroponic Crop Production" from the drop-down menu.

Organic hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, biochar, or coconut husk. Some organic farms are utilizing hydroponic growing methods to produce organic crops under the USDA organic regulations. These producers use the same fertilizers and pest control practices as other organic farmers – primarily natural fertilizers and pest control methods. Organic hydroponic production is allowed as long as the producer can demonstrate compliance with the USDA organic regulations.
 
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