Organic Seed Alliance is pleased to announce a new seed economics toolkit. We developed this online tool to help farmers scale up organic seed production, increase their profits, and have more control over their seed supply. You’ll find tools and case studies related to contracting, enterprise budgeting, inventory management, and foundation and stock seed planning.
We know that while organic seed production is a developing industry and a viable economic opportunity for organic growers, there is uncertainty and risk. This new toolkit aims to support seed growers in enterprise budgeting, record keeping, and marketing strategy.
The new toolkit includes webinar recordings from a daylong seed economics intensive held at the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, this past February. These webinars were recorded live and presented by seed growers and agricultural economists.
You will also find downloadable tools that can be adapted for individual business needs. For example, the toolkit includes an enterprise budget tool to help farmers understand the costs associated with producing individual seed crops on their farms. Another tool helps farmers track labor costs related to seed production. Farmers will also find a planning tool to help guide decision making around how much and how often to produce foundation, stock, and production seed.
For questions and invitations for OSA to lead a seed economic training in your community, please contact Tessa Peters.
A portion of this material is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM17RMEPP522C044/4500075419.