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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.

Transition to Organic Conservation Planning Activity 138 (CPA) Starting October 2021 (DOCX, 144KB)



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.
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Implementation Guides

State Implementation Guides

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