Organic Vegetable Production
Organic farming is a method of production that combines traditional agriculture with innovation and science. Simply stated, it is a set of management practices that will, over the long term, sustain or enhance soil quality, enhance biological diversity and preserve natural resources. These goals are accomplished by using crop rotation, biological pest control and natural inputs and by strictly limiting synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
The National Organic Program was created as a result of the 1990 Farm Bill, and is administrated by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s National Organic Program currently regulates and enforces organic production. This program was fully implemented in 2002 to ensure products that bear an organic label reflect a consistent set of practices to facilitate trade and maintain consumer trust.
Today, organic agriculture is practiced in over 120 countries. Although the organic industry accounts for a small percentage of the total food and fiber industry, it continues to grow at a steady rate.
- Disease Management in Organic Vegetable Systems
- Management of Two-Spotted Spider Mite in Organic Strawberry
- Nematode Management in Organic Vegetable Systems
- Soil Sampling for Nematodes
- Soilborne Pathogens
- Types of Nematodes
Marketing & Economics
This page was last updated on June 15, 2010.
Publications & Information
- Annual Cover Crops in Florida Vegetable Systems Part 1. Objectives: Why grow cover crops?
- Biology and Management of Aphids in Sustainable Field Production of Cucurbits
- Biology and Management of Whiteflies in Sustainable Field Production of Cucurbits
- Drip-irrigation Systems for Small Conventional Vegetable Farms and Organic Vegetable Farms
- Nematode Management in Organic Agriculture
- Organic Management of Vegetable Diseases Part I: Soilborne Pathogens
- Organic Management of Vegetable Diseases, Part II: Foliar Pathogens
- Seed Production and Seed Sources of Organic Vegetables
- Understanding the 'USDA Organic' Label
- eXtension - Organic Agriculture
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
- Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
- Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
- Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
- Rodale Institute Organic Price Report - database of organic premiums in major US markets.
- Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
- UF/IFAS Small Farms Alternative Enterprises: Organic Production
- USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: National Organic Program
- USDA Economic Research Service: Organic Agriculture Briefing Room - summary of national economic data on organic agriculture.