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Organic Conservation Planning Guides

National and State Resource Concerns and Planning Criteria

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This handbook includes NRCS conservation planning criteria for organic farms.

 

 

Guide for Using RUSLE2 in Organic Systems

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Learn more about RUSLE2 in Organic Systems and read the new guide.

  • Calculate soil loss by selecting appropriate tillage.
  • Planning in fields with diverse crops.
  • Considerations for high tunnels, low tunnels and mulches.
  • Incorporating cover crops in the rotation.
  • Incorporating manure, compost and other soil amendments.
  • This guide also applies to non-certified organic, diverse or specialty crop operations.
    Send any suggestions to Ben Bowell at benjamin.bowell@por.usda.gov.

Implementation Guides

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has a number of resources related to pollinator habitat assessment and design on organic farms.

State Implementation Guides

National NRCS Organic Contacts

  • Ben Bowell, Organic and Training Resource, West National Technology Support Center
  • Lindsay Haines, National Organic and Pest Management Specialist, National Headquarters
  • Donna Hopwood, EQIP Organic Program Specialist, National Headquarters


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