A joint report released by Oregon Tilth and Oregon State University's Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems highlights key recommendations for organizations and agencies that can provide support in crop research, infrastructure, and market development, as well as shaping public policies for transition to organic production. Breaking New Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic Transition is based on surveys with more than 1,800 farmers who participated in USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative between 2010 and 2015, with a focus on transition. The report exhibits responses from four categories of farmers, echoing long-standing concerns about costs, recordkeeping, on-farm production challenges, infrastructure and access to profitable markets. The report recommends that organizations and agencies adopt a values-based approach to appeal to a wider audience of farmers, provide individualized support, develop more effective weed and pest management strategies, and learn more about the relationship between yield and successful transition.
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