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2 nationwide surveys have opened for organic producers


​The Organic Farming Research Foundation and Organic Seed Alliance have unveiled two national surveys — one geared toward certified organic producers and the other for producers transitioning to organic certification. This collaborative effort is part of a USDA-funded project seeking to learn more about the challenges and research priorities of organic farmers and ranchers, as well as farmers and ranchers transitioning land to certified organic production.

In the 2018 Farm Bill, federal funding for organic research rose to $50 million, up from $20 million. The hope is that strong farmer participation in these surveys will help to shape how that money is invested.

Survey results will be published in updated versions of OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda report and OSA’s State of Organic Seed report, both of which are resources for ensuring research funding is relevant and responsive, while also identifying gaps where additional investment is necessary.

By collaborating on these surveys, OFRF and OSA hope to reduce survey fatigue and increase grower participation.

If you are a certified organic farmer/rancher, click here to respond to this survey.

If you are a farmer/rancher transitioning to certified organic production (this means no land currently certified organic), click here to respond to this survey.

The survey is being administered by Washington State University and all responses will be kept confidential. Questions about the survey may be directed to Lauren Scott at or 1-800-833-0867.

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