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Survey is being sent to random producers on National Organic Program list.

December 13, 2019

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The Organic Farming Research Foundation and Organic Seed Alliance have released the first phase of a national survey to gather input from organic farmers and ranchers on their top challenges. This closed portion of the survey is being sent to a random sample of producers on the National Organic Program list. Upon completion of the random sample, the survey will be sent to the entire National Organic Program list.

"By implementing the closed, random sample survey first, we increase our ability to accurately identify the needs of organic farmers and ranchers,” said OFRF’s Research & Education Program Manager, Lauren Snyder. “The data we capture will inform the focus of applied organic research, as well as guide the development of educational and technical assistance programs to strengthen organic food systems and promote their widespread adoption."

“Organic farmers need seeds that are developed to thrive without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and adapted to their local climate and soil conditions,” says Kiki Hubbard, who co-leads the SOS project. “We’re eager to collect new data from organic producers to inform the next roadmap for increasing the diversity, quality, and integrity of organic seed available to U.S. farmers.”

  The survey, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative, is being distributed by the Social and Economic Science Research Center at Washington State University.​

Results will be published in updates of OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda report and OSA’s State of Organic Seed report. These reports will include a detailed set of recommendations to inform both public and private research investments.

Source: Organic Seed Alliance, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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