OSA and the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) have released two national surveys: one for certified organic producers and a second for producers transitioning to organic. This collaborative effort is part of a project to learn about the challenges and research priorities of organic operations.
Survey results will be published in updated versions of OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report and OSA’s State of Organic Seed (SOS) report, both of which have been invaluable resources for ensuring research funding is relevant and responsive to the needs of organic producers. The survey deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020. During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard. All responses are confidential.
If you are a certified organic farmer/rancher, please respond to this survey:
If you are a farmer/rancher transitioning to certified organic production (this means no land currently certified organic), please take this transitioning producer survey:
The survey is being administered by Washington State University. Questions about the survey may be directed to Lauren Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-833-0867.
OFRF, OSA, and a broad coalition of organic champions were instrumental in securing an increase in federal funding for organic research from $20M to $50M in the 2018 Farm Bill. This increase provides an unprecedented opportunity for researchers to tackle the challenges that organic producers face, and strong farmer participation in these surveys is critical to informing the most pressing research needs.
The project is supported by the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) grant no. 2019-51300-30249 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.