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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
Assessing Producer Options and Obstacles
 Kent Yeager,Indiana Farm Bureau
 Leslie Duram, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
 George Siemon,Organic Valley
 Terry Wolf,owner, Wolf Farms
Assessing Market Growth
 Carolyn Dimitri, USDA ERS
Don Harris, Wild Oats
 Melanie DuPuis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Organic Innovations in the United States and Italy
Jerry DeWitt, Iowa State University

Panel: Strategies to Facilitate Organic Sector Development

Moderator: Thomas Dobbs





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