Growing for the Future: How to Transition Traditional Farming Operations to Organic Production

Miles, Lenny
Byers, Jenna L.
German, Carl L.
Toensmeyer, U. C.
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Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
Farmers across the nation are consistently looking for new ways to meet consumer demand and turn positive profit for their operations. One current trend in American agriculture is a high and fast-increasing demand for natural and organic food items. Many farmers are either considering or transitioning some or all of their operations into organic production methods. Farmers interested in exploring this possibility must engage in a long and involved process that is required for a successful organic farming transition. This article details the steps involved in the transition procedure, and also includes various considerations that farmers must make in order to ensure highest yield and maximum profitability during and after the transition.