Jul 5, 2023
USDA adds resources to grow organic workforce

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has published new resources in its Growing the Organic Workforce course in the USDA Organic Integrity Learning Center.

The course provides resources to support a robust, highly skilled workforce of qualified organic professionals. These free online resources promote organic market development, protect organic integrity and enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA).

As a partner in the USDA Organic Human Capital Initiative, Florida Organic Growers created a Certified Organic Farm Technician education program. In Spring 2023, Valencia College piloted the program, and students visited McClean Family Farms for hands-on learning. Photo courtesy of USDA.

You can use the course resources to find information on recruitment, education, professional training, and more. Resources are organized topically, and new topics are added frequently. Newly added topics include:

  • Organic Education Curriculum Resources
  • Introduction to Organic Sector Careers
  • Organic Inspector Career Snapshot

Growing the Organic Workforce resources were developed as part of the NOP Human Capital Initiative to support current and future generations of organic professionals with the skills needed to effectively protect the USDA organic seal. Learn more at the USDA’s Human Capital Initiative web page.

Enroll in Learning Center Courses 

As part of the NOP Human Capital Initiative, non-profit organizations and universities across the country created new organic-focused courses and education programs. To learn more about how these programs are teaching the next generation of organic professionals, see the USDA Blog.



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