Oklahoma has few organic farms, but a USDA program could aid in changing that
Demand for organic produce and meat has been on the rise in Oklahoma. From 2016 through 2019 organic product sales doubled.
But as of 2021, there were only six certified organic operations in the state.
The USDA is hoping to change that by assisting producers — here and across the country — through the Organic Transition Initiative.
Earlier this year, the USDA strengthened regulation by making the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Rule. Cracking down on fraudulent organic operations, strengthening certification and enforcement throughout the supply chain.
From managing land without using prohibited pesticides, to logistical challenges, farmers face a multitude of struggles during the first few years of certification. The National Resources Conservation Service will dedicate financial and technical assistance to help.
Farmers, ranchers, and other producers beginning or in the process of transitioning to organic certification are eligible to apply.