House Ag hears from an organic farmer

TonnemakerThis past week, the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing on opportunities and challenges in direct marketing. Among those testifying was Kole Tonnemaker, an organic farmer from Bellevue, WA, who talked about his decision to transition from conventional to organic to meet the demands of consumers, chefs, and co-ops. He also noted his plans to expand with a second organic farming operation. Chairman Rodney Davis (R-IL) stressed the importance of direct marketing in connecting producers and consumers while bring transparency to the marketplace. McCloskey also noted the need for confluence of knowledge between agriculture, including organic, in order to best meet growing consumer demands.

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