University of Maryland Extension

Organic Grain

According to the 2017 USDA census of agriculture there are 117 organic farms in Maryland with product sales of $30,438,000. Organic grain markets offer price premiums that are often enticing to producers.

However, organic grain production brings many challenges. The 3-year transition period prior to becoming certified organic can be a challenge, during which only organic approved products can be used. In addition, organic production differs from conventional in areas of labor needs, equipment needs, nutrient management, and pest management.

Making a farm plan, budgets, and working with mentors can help ensure a successful organic farming enterprise.   

Ask a Farmer - Growing Organic Grain webinar - December 1, 2020

Webinar with questions with comments

Great Grain Project: Best Practices for the Transition to Organic

Organic Grain Resources

Crop Budgets

2018 Production Meeting

Organic Production

MD Organic Certification

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