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Innovations in Organic Marketing, Technology and Research

October 6-7, 2005
Washington D.C.
Sponsored by USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation

Organic foods are a rapidly growing segment of the food system in the United States and Europe. Yet little is known about the economic relationships between organic farmers, food processors and other links in the organic food chain. This workshop was part of a major effort to develop a foundation of information for economic analysis of organic agriculture and the organic food system.

The workshop explored key challenges and opportunities facing the organic industry today, including:

  • Producer options and obstacles
  • Market growth
  • Strageies for organic sector development
  • Broadening the education infrastructure in oganic agriculture
  • Measuring and communicating the benefits of organic food production
  • 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:

October 6, 2005 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

Panel Members:
Otto Doering, Purdue University
Ferd Ho





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