At our winter seminar we heard organic farmers are generating “more consistent income, more annual net income, and less risk to the lender with higher crop insurance guarantees.” With over 23 years of experience, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending at Flanagan State Bank, Richard Ritter, believes organic commodities are less risky than conventional. In addition to hearing from organic farmers, organic consultants, agronomists, and marketing reps, Ritter’s statement was quite powerful. That was all some farmers needed to hear, prior to taking the leap into organics.
If you’re still on the fence, there is a FREE “Transitioning to Organic Production” webinar at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Presented by the USDA NRCS Science and Technology and Oregon Tilth, this webinar will explore the challenges producers face when transitioning part or all of their acres to organic. Hear from presenters including Robert King of the University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics and Drew Katz of Oregon Tilth. Learn how both grain and livestock producers found success in transitioning.