Transition to Organic

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What is the Transition to Organic Partnership Program?

The Midwest Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is a coalition of partners led by MOSA Certified Organic providing mentorship, technical assistance, and wrap-around support for transitioning and existing organic producers. Our coalition of partners serves producers in Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

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TOPP Objectives


Technical Assistance



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The IOA Organic Mentorship Program connects seasoned organic producers with producers interested in organic transition or producers looking to expand or add a scope to their operation to provide guidance and advice in navigating a new production system and the ins and outs of USDA National Organic Program standards and guidelines.


IOA's Organic Farm Advisor offers point-of-contact support for farmers and other agriculture stakeholders seeking organic guidance and advice.  Additionally, IOA coordinates a range of workshops, field days, webinars and outreach events across the state to provide organic-related resources, tools, information, and regional connections.  


Since 2006, IOA has been cultivating an organic community in Iowa that shares organic production methods, resources, tools, and support through in-person and online interactions, programs, and activities. Strengthening Iowa's organic community and connections are essential for sustaining and expanding the organic movement.


Documents and Resources


Transitional Production Plan Template

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This Transitional Production Plan template is a PDF form that streamlines the organic transition process and helps producers take advantage of all USDA programs more easily.

The TPP template helps new crop producers who are transitioning to organic production to develop the supporting documentation needed to qualify for Organic Transition Initiative services provided through the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The template will also help transitioning farmers learn how to document their organic practices in preparation for the Organic System Plan process required when they apply for certification.



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Organic Certifier and TOPP Midwest Regional Center

The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is investing $100 million over five years in cooperative agreements with non-profit organizations to provide technical assistance and wrap-around support for transitioning and existing organic farmers.

MOSA Certified Organic is the second-largest organic certifier in the United States, and the largest certifier of livestock and dairy. As the Midwest Regional Center, MOSA will provide training, guidance and support for a successful relationship between a mentor and a transitioning producer.

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If you have any questions about the program, becoming a mentor, transitioning to organic, or becoming a TOPP partner, please contact [email protected].