Organic Farm Performance Research Results from OFRF

EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROJECT RESULTS - FROM THE ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION Minnesota Reports Provide Real-World Data on Organic Farm Performance

Project title: Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota Report Coordinator: Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Minneapolis, Minnesota Stakeholder location: Minnesota and greater U.S. Links: Download the project summary as a 2 page pdf. For detailed project results, obtain the complete project report submitted by Meg Moynihan (pdf, 8 pp).

Several years ago, a group of partners led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture recognized that multiple audiences would benefit from access to data about organic farm performance: organic producers who want to assess their enterprise performance and benchmark against similar farms; conventional farmers who can use the information as they consider whether to convert to organic; lenders who need data to evaluate loan requests; agencies, organizational leaders, elected officials and their staff members who can use the information as they craft programs that address organic farmers’ experiences and needs.

This project contributed to better understanding of the real-world productivity and financial performance of nearly 75 fully organic and split-production farms in Minnesota. Two publications, the 36-page 2007 Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota and the 52-page 2008 Organic Farm Performance in Minnesota, delivered organic farm performance data into the hands of thousands of other interested farmers, researchers, lenders, and other agency and organization decision makers across the country who are interested in learning more about the economics of organic farming.

To see results from other OFRF funded research projects go to: http://ofrf.org/funded/weed_mgmt.html

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