Farm Management

Science-based Organic Farming Guide 2010: Toward Local and Secure Food Systems

From the University of Nebraska Extension and the Center for Applied Rural Innovation (CARI), this 106-page guide offers information on the science base of organic farming and transition; certification for organic production and processing, organic crop management, soil fertility, plant protection, organic livestock production, organic gardening for market and home, processing and marketing organic products, local food systems, economics of organic agriculture, and resources for further information. (PDF 786 KB)


This site, which includes FieldWatch, DriftWatch, and BeeCheck, helps identify locations within the state where sensitive crops such as grapes and organics are grown. After site locations are input in the system by a producer, a pesticide applicator can locate those sites near them and take appropriate action to avoid injuring the crop with herbicide drift.

SARE Resource Materials on Sustainable Agriculture

SARE is a science-based, grassroots, problem-solving sustainable agriculture program conceived and funded by the U.S. Congress to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE awards competitive grants to farmers and non-profit groups as well as researchers and educators. SARE provides a searchable database of project reports, comprehensive publications, and online tools to access information gleaned from these reports and publications. Access SARE resources at the Learning Center.

In Nebraska contact:

Gary Lesoing
State SARE Coordinator

Sound and Sensible

Resources from a USDA project with 14 contractors to make organic certification more accessible, attainable, and affordable.

Farm Business Planning

Current and Projected Whole Farm Financial Spreadsheets

Download Excel® spreadsheets to compile current and five-year projected whole-farm income and cash flow, balance sheets, inventory changes, and depreciation expenses as described in Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs. Find more related resources at eOrganic Tools for Organic Transition Project.


A multi-year enterprise plan can be written using a business plan outline for transitioning to organic farms on the Univeristy of Minnesota AgPlan interactive website. An overview of Agplan is available at



This University of Minnesota farm financial planning software draws on records in the FINBIN database from thousands of agricultural producers using FINPACK as their farm business analysis and summary program.

USDA Market News Organic Reports

USDA Market News provides price, volume, and other related information for commodities and products that have been grown, processed and certified to USDA’s National Organic Program standards.