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Published February 01, 2011, 09:14 AM

New program helps ease transition to organic

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new program offers discounts on farm business management education to Minnesota farmers switching land or dairy cows to organic production.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new program offers discounts on farm business management education to Minnesota farmers switching land or dairy cows to organic production.

It’s also available to organic farmers who have been certified for fewer than three years, and already-certified farmers who are transitioning additional acres to organic.

University of Minnesota applied economist Rob King, the project’s director, says the program was developed to help participating farmers navigate the financial challenges of transition. During the transition period, farmers must use organic production practices but cannot yet market their products as organic. Organic products usually fetch higher prices than conventional products.

Transitioning dairy and/or grain farmers and those certified fewer than three years should contact Meg Moynihan at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-201-6616 or meg.moynihan@state.mn.us.

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