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The National Organic Standards Training Materials: Participant's Manual1

M.E. Swisher and Rose Koenig2

This series of 8 modules is only available in PDF format. The following is a brief overview of the Participant's Guide and the links to the eight modules.

Participant's Guide

Overview of the Training Modules

The overall purpose of these training modules is to provide agricultural service providers with enough knowledge to answer questions regarding the National Organic Standards of the USDA's National Organic Program. The development of the modules was accomplished through the contributions of individuals from the University of Florida, University of the Virgin Islands, and Kentucky State University. The development of the modules and assessment of their utility as a learning tool was made possible through funding provided by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) of the USDA. Each module is designed to actively engage participants in gaining knowledge about the key concepts and important components of the regulations. The modules require participants to utilize resources that are particular to the organic regulations and developed by both the private and public sectors. It is our goal that at the end of the trainings, service providers will know the resources that are available to them and will feel comfortable using the resources and addressing the needs of their stakeholders.

The following materials are the participant's training materials. Each participant module coincides with the associated trainer's module available in EDIS publication FCS8794/FY819. Trainers who conduct this training should review these materials before dispersing them to participants.

The complete training materials, which include the trainer's and participant's manuals and associated materials such as PowerPoints and videos, will be available after April 15, 2007 as the for-sale DVD publication (SP426) Understanding the National Organic Standards: Training Materials at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore.

UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore
Building 440 Mowry Road
PO Box 110011
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Phone: 352.392.1764


Module 1: The Certification Process in Brief,

Module 2: The Farm Plan,

Module 3: Soil Quality and Fertility Management,

Module 4: Seeds, Annual Transplants and Plant Stock,

Module 5: Crop Pest, Weed & Disease Management,

Module 6: Maintaining Organic Integrity,

Module 7: Handling and Processing,

Module 8: Livestock,

Contributing Authors

Rose Koenig, associate director, program development, UF/IFAS Global International Programs, and co-director Center for Organic Agriculture, University of Florida. Modules 1–8.

George Kuepper, program specialist, The National Center for Appropriate Technology. Modules 6, 8.

Elizabeth Lamb, coordinator of integrated pest management for ornamentals, New York State IPM Program, Cornell University. Module 1.

Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent III, UF/IFAS Extension Hendry County. Module 3.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Quality Certification Services. Modules 2–6.

Kendall Sanderson, Project Manager, JDM Associates. Modules 1–7.

Mital Shah, former graduate research assistant (M.S., 2006), School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida. Modules 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8.

M.E. Swisher, associate professor, UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, and director, Center for Organic Agriculture. Modules 1–8.

Alicia Whidden, agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County. Module 5.



This document is FCS8795, one of a series of the Family, Youth and Community Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 2006. Revised January 2016. Visit the EDIS website at


M. E. Swisher, associate professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; and Rose Koenig, associate director, program development, UF/IFAS Global International Programs; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.