Innovations in Organic Marketing, Technology and Research
This October 2005 workshop was part of a major effort to develop a foundation of information for analysis of the economic relationships between organic farmers, food processors and other links in the organic food chain. The conference, which was in Washington DC, was sponsored by USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation
The workshop explored: producer options and obstacles; market growth; strategies for organic sector development; broadening the education infrastructure in organic agriculture; measuring and communicating the benefits of organic food production; and building a research base for organic production.
Workshop partners included USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, Agricultural Research Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, National Agricultural Library, the Office of the Chief Economists. Other workshop partners included the National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP), the Organic Trade Association and the
Organic Farming Research Foundation.
Here is the workshop program:
|Setting the Scene |
|Kitty Smith, USDA-ERS and Virginia Guzman, USDA-RMA |
| Thomas Dobbs, South Dakota State University |
Organic Innovations in the United States and Italy
Jerry DeWitt, Iowa State University
|Panel: Strategies to Facilitate Organic Sector Development |
Moderator: Thomas Dobbs