Organic requirements for on-farm biodiversity

Certified organic farms are required to promote and conserve biodiversity. This is done by maintaining or improving natural resources including soil, water, wetland, woodlands, and wildlife.

Do I need to start new on-farm practices to conserve biodiversity?

The USDA National Organic Program’s (NOP) guidance encourages farmers to perform or expand a range of practices to conserve and improve biodiversity. Start by reviewing your current farm management activities to find opportunities to incorporate conservation practices in different areas of your farm.

What activities should I look at improving?

The guidance discusses several sample activities. Many also qualify for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial and technical assistance:

  • Control erosion and filter pollutants to protect water quality
  • Enhance water quantity
  • Create wildlife habitat, shelter and food sources
  • Conserve wildlife corridors and habitat to reduce fragmentation

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