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Organic Producer Survey Will Set National Research Agenda

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Our Family Farms is helping Organic Seed Alliance spread the word about the Organic Producer Survey. Descriptions of the two surveys, one for certified organic farmers and ranchers and the other for farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic certification, are below along with the necessary links to access the surveys. The surveys opened on February 18, 2020 and close April 1, 2020. They are voluntary, confidential, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

 

 


Description of the Surveys

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are working collaboratively with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) to identify the challenges and research priorities of certified organic producers, as well as producers transitioning land to certified organic production. Survey results will help us ensure our organizational programs meet the needs of organic producers and that the increased funding for organic research secured in the 2018 Farm Bill addresses the unique needs of organic production.

The project includes two national surveys—one for certified organic producers and the other for producers transitioning to organic certification. If you are acer certified organic farmer or rancher OR a farmer or rancher who is currently transitioning to certified organic, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard. Results will be published in updates of OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report and OSA’s State of Organic Seed (SOS) report to provide a roadmap for future research funding.

For certified organic farmers and ranchers, please take the organic survey on our secure website at: https://www.opinion.wsu.edu/organicproduction/

For farmers and ranchers who are transitioning to organic certification, please take the transition survey on our secure website at: https://www.opinion.wsu.edu/transitionproducers/

 

If you have any questions about the surveys, please contact Lauren Scott at sesrc.nora.survey@wsu.edu.

 

The surveys opened on February 18, 2020 and close April 1, 2020. They are voluntary, confidential, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer. We welcome you to complete the survey in multiple sittings. The online survey saves your responses as you go along. You can stop at any point, and then resume the survey at any time by following the appropriate link above and entering your survey access code, which will be generated when you first start the survey. The online program will allow you to resume where you left off. Upon completion of the survey, you can enter to win a $100 gift card to REI. If you do not have access to a computer and cannot complete the survey online, please call OFRF at 831-426-6606.

 

Thank you for your time and support of this project!

 

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a non-profit foundation that works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

 

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is a non-profit that works nationally to advance ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming needs in a changing world. Through research, education, and advocacy, OSA fosters organic seed systems that are democratic and just, support human and environmental health, and deliver genetically diverse and regionally adapted seed to farmers everywhere.

 

This 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.