Growing the Organic Workforce

Growing the Organic Workforce

New Resources from the NOP
Human Capital Initiative

The 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).

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:

  • NEW! Establishing a Cooperative Business: Resources for Organic Professionals
  • NEW! Organic Inspector Recruitment Programs

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 on our Human Capital Initiative web page.

Farmer visually analyzes grain

Photo Caption: Organic farmer and inspector, Nate Powell-Palm, picks up and visually analyzes grain to describe organic field crop production and inspection in an Organic Integrity Learning Center online course.

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Pursuing Careers to Protect Organic Integrity

As part of the NOP Human Capital Initiative, partner organizations created a professional training program and resources for organic professionals to jumpstart the development of their own cooperative businesses. Learn more about how these programs support current organic inspectors and other professionals across the organic industry. Click the button below to read the USDA Blog.

Sustaining Organic Careers!