Transition to Organic Partnership Program TOPP

TOPP is a program of the USDA Organic Transition Initiative and is administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP)



Grain Place Foundation is a Partner with Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) in the Plains Region of the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). The purpose of TOPP is to increase the number of USDA certified organic farms and businesses. As a partner of OCIA. With our long history of involvement in organic farming as well as processing and marketing organic grains and helping develop new products, Grain Place Foundation is able to offer a variety of opportunities for folks exploring organic certification or careers in the certified organic industry.


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Consultation to those in various stages of the process of organic certification from the curious to those with specific issues and concerns who are already certified. David Vetter has been a pioneer in these fields for more than 40 years. We have a network of others with expertise and experience in organic farming and food handling. Our farm has a long history of participation in various studies and experimentation that we can share.

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Webcasts and Support Groups

We facilitate webcasts and support groups for those with specific interests including – existing organic farmers, farmers interested in transitioning, landlords, those interested in marketing, etc.

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The Grain Place

We are developing an Internship Program for students and others exploring organic farming and/or food processing and marketing. We are able to offer housing on-site as well as paid internships. Contact us using this form or directly to Jared Bragg ( for more information. He will work with educational institutions as well as students seeking internship experiences.