Making inroads with FAC Summit outcomes

farmingDuring the May 2014 Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Summit at OTA’s Policy Conference, the group developed an idea of studying the factors that affect the trends of organic acreage conversion as its top priority. OTA staff is now actively working on developing a research project involving universities and agricultural economists to delineate forces that foster and suppress conversion of acreage to organic production. The need for this analysis is due to a shortage of organic supplies, particularly grains for animal feed and processed products.  Feednavigator.com, an online news source for global animal feed issues, picked up on the FAC summit outcomes, and published a story. If you have any questions on OTA’s Farmer Advisory Council or the study of economic forces behind converting acreage to organic production, contact Nathaniel Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist.

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