US Summit explores how to keep organic farmers in the know

Washington D.C., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today’s organic farmer, like all farmers, is a consummate problem solver and master of many skills, from agronomy and animal husbandry to mechanics and marketing. Like all farmers, organic farmers must have reliable and up-to-date informational resources to fall back on to successfully deal with the daily challenges of their operations. However, because of the strict and unique standards that organic farmers must follow, the necessary assistance and educational tools for those farmers are often lacking.

The Organic Center’s third annual Organic Confluences Summit, held last week in D.C. as part of the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Week in D.C., took a deep look into how to improve current ways to transfer knowledge to organic farmers. What are the biggest needs of organic farmers when it comes to getting critical technical assistance and educational support? How can our nation’s agricultural extension system become more effective in working with organic farmers? These questions and more were part of the dynamic discussions.