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Resources to help with transition to organic

Along with the Dec 3 event in Rochester, the U of M offers two free publications to help farmers who are interested in transitioning to organic.

As reported by eOrganic,

The Tools for Transition project, also from the University of Minnesota, has produced two new publications for farmers transitioning to organic production:

Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs is a decision-making tool designed to assist with the development of actionable production, marketing, human resource and finance strategies when considering the switch to organic. The Organic Transtiion Planner includes worksheets as well as three business plans developed by transitioning dairy, row crop, and vegetable farmers. Download a copy for free using the link above or contact USDA SARE for a print copy of the publication ($16): (301) 779-1007.

Making the Transition to Organic: Ten Farm Profiles features livestock, field crop, and vegetable producers who, during 2012-2015, were in the process of transitioning or who had been recently certified organic. Each profile addresses organic transition strategies (full transition, gradual transition, immediate transition, and split transition), challenges encountered, and outcomes deemed "most satisfying." Download the publication using the link above or contact MISA for a print copy of the publication: 612-625-8235 or

Posted 11/16/15 by Neith Little



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