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squashOrganic Risk Management - University of Minnesota Extension
This online handbook helps farmers considering organic production understand the risks associated with organic farming and provides some risk management tips.

Organic Production & Certification - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
This page features links to organic certifiers in the state, an organic farms directory, and other information for organic and transitional farmers and consumers.

North Dakota Organic Advisory Board
This site provides information about certifiers, marketing information, production tips, an online farm directory and more.

Organic Certification - United States Department of Agriculture
This page includes resources from the National Organic Program about the National Organic Program, cost share information, organic labeling, and marketing.

Resources for Organic, Natural and Grass Fed Beef Producers - Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
This list of resources provides quick access to key information and resources for beef producers. Includes contact information of organizations, buyers, consultants, and food safety and labeling regulations.

Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
This 16-page summary highlight characteristics of sustainable vegetable production and describe steps to obtaining organic certification. Provides links to a variety of resources for farmers growing vegetables through organic or sustainable practices.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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