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Transition Products + Services

Technical Assistance

We provide technical assistance for growers, processors, handlers and others. Our goal is to help all transitioning to organic production set clear expectations and meet their unique needs throughout the process.

Through workshop intensives and technical trainings, we offer assistance and education on the following topic areas:

  • The organic certification process
  • Transition process and transitional certification
  • Record-keeping practices for organics
  • USDA NOP rules and regulations (for all certification scopes)
  • Pest and weed management strategies on organic farms
  • Organic nutrient management
  • Soil health on organic farms
  • Cover cropping in organic systems
  • Natural resource management on organic farms
  • Animal welfare practices on organic farms
  • Pasture management
  • Livestock health and living conditions

Knowledge Sharing & Training

Oregon Tilth helps organic supply chain stakeholders connect and share knowledge through webinars, conferences and other events. We connect a broad cut of experts and practitioners to discuss transition issues in organic production via our Transition to Organic Network (TON). In addition, we convene trainings on best practices—farmers share their own experiences, models and experiences—to decode complicated topics from recordkeeping to inspections. Our buyer-grower networking events creates space for conversations on how to meet challenges in the field with opportunities in the marketplace. And our webinar series connects farmers to technical experts such as soil scientists, plant ecologists and pest management specialists to learn how-to’s on in-field production challenges.

Research

Understanding the motivations and challenges associated with transition has been at the heart of our work with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Oregon State University (OSU) over the past year. A national survey was disseminated to over 1,800 self-identified transitioning producers. We’re working with OSU to analyze and report on our findings to help inform our work in this area moving forward. As part of our efforts to capture the market opportunities for growers interested in transitioning or expanding organic production, we released a report on the Organic Market in Oregon.

Lastly, we are investing in the development of Organic Extension Program in partnership with OSU, to support organic and transitioning producers with a dedicated education and resource center.

Interested in having Oregon Tilth provide a training, workshop or webinar? Want a staff member to attend and present at an upcoming event? Contact us at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=fFkbdntoB0RiP3V6XX83ZgxxKFRMOXk-3D_19>.