The Transition to Organic Partnership Program
INCREASING COLLABORATION, SUPPORT & INVESTMENT IN ORGANIC
The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is a network assembled by the USDA’s National Organic Program to support transitioning organic producers with mentorship and resources. A collaborative effort, TOPP involves many partners working together towards a common goal: to grow the network of organic producers.
TOPP Regions are set geographically and form a mix of states that are well-represented in organic and states that are currently underserved. TOPP is investing up to $100 million over five years in cooperative agreements with non-profit organizations with a proven track record of organic certification.
nw topp offers:
- Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring. Farmers who are transitioning their operations to organic production will be paired with experienced certified organic farmers in their region.
- Technical Assistance and Training. Field days, workshops, and other events will be held across the region to provide education on organic agronomy, certification, regulations, market and business support, and other topics.
- Community Building. Virtual and in-person networking and resource hubs will be built to connect producers, agricultural professionals, and others.
- Workforce Training and Development. TOPP will help build organically-focused workforce training and education to expand the supply chain’s knowledge of organic.