Funding the Organic Farming Transition

by Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead / Agronomist Conventional crop prices continue to be challenging for Midwestern farmers’ bottom lines. Farmers looking towards alternate or diversified marketing streams have no doubt considered transitioning to certified organic production, but how can you make ends meet during the 3-year transition period to organic certification? The 36-month transition period […]

March 5, 2020 | Categories:

Does It Add Up to ‘Go Organic’ for Farmers?

Financial Planning Tools for Farmers by Matt Leavitt Organic Lead / Agronomist Albert Lea Seed The decision to transition to organic production can be a complicated one. The steady price premiums are attractive, especially to those operations staring down another year of declining net farm income. However, transition is a 36-month process, a wide moat […]

November 4, 2019 | Categories:

Seed Options for Prevented Planting 2019

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Prevented Planting Requirements Prevented planting is no one’s top choice, but due to frequent and sometimes heavy rains this spring, but it may be your best option. Guidelines for prevented planting acres are to ‘control weeds’ meaning if weeds aren’t controlled, weed seeds will be ‘the gift that keeps […]

May 29, 2019 | Categories: , ,

2018 Farm Bill Big wins for Organic Producers

At long last, there is a farm bill! After much partisan pinball, Congress arrived at an $867 billion bill that touches nearly all facets of agricultural production – including clear wins for organic. What’s In the Farm Bill for Organic? To read the final legislation that became law, please click here. National Organic Program (NOP) fully […]

March 4, 2019 | Categories: