Resources on Organic Farming in the Southeast

COVID-19 Resources for Southeastern Farmers

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Coronavirus Food Assistance for Producers

USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. This is part of a larger effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. If you owned or produced any of the following in 2020, you may be eligible for financial assistance through CFAP 2.

  • Livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep/wool, broilers/pullets, eggs and more)
  • Row or specialty crops (including aquaculture, nursery, and more)

The CFAP 2 signup period reopened as part of USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Note: Participation in CFAP 1 is NOT required for assistance through CFAP 2. To learn more, visit https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cfap, contact 877-508-8364, or contact your local FSA office. The new deadline is October 12, 2021.

Publications by Collaborators in the Southeast Partnership Project

Extension Programs and Publications from the Southeast

Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

University of Florida Extension Small Farms Program: Organic Production

Georgia: University of Georgia Extension organic publications:

Mississippi State University Vegetable Crop Physiology and Production Systems

North Carolina:

South Carolina: Clemson sustainable agriculture program and student organic farm

Tennessee: University of Tennessee Organic and Sustainable Crop Production

Plant Disease Clinics in the South

Information on Disease-resistant Varieties

Hubbard, K. 2019. Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers. Available at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/organic-plant-breeding-yields-superior-varieties-for-cucurbit-growers/

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Organizations in the Southeast

OMRI Website

  • The OMRI Products List©: The OMRI Products List© is the most complete directory of products for organic production or processing under the U.S. National Organic Program standards, and includes over 6,000 "OMRI Listed®" products.
‚ÄčBefore using any pest control product in your organic farming system:
  1. Read the label to be sure that the product is labeled for the crop and pest you intend to control, and make sure it is legal to use in the state, county, or other location where it will be applied,
  2. Read and understand the safety precautions and application restrictions, and
  3. Make sure that the brand name product is listed in your Organic System Plan and approved by your USDA-approved certifier. If you are trying to deal with an unanticipated pest problem, get approval from your certifier before using a product that is not listed in your plan—doing otherwise may put your certification at risk.
  4. Note that, although OMRI and WSDA lists are good places to identify potentially useful products, all products that you use must be approved by your certifier. For more information on how to determine whether a pest control product can be used on your farm, see the related article, Can I Use This Input On My Organic Farm?